Charivari Agréable Simfonie
The period-instrument orchestra of Oxford

Charivari Agréable regularly expands into Oxford's resident period-instrument orchestra, Charivari Agréable Simfonie. Described as 'a spot-on Baroque band of impeccable musicianship' (Audiophile Audition) and 'one of the classiest baroque bands' (The Sunday Observer), the orchestra is constantly praised for its playing, which 'is of the highest order' (The Telegraph), and for its sonority — 'you are seduced by the exquisite refinement of sound & incredible intensity' (The Guardian). Indeed Charivari Agréable Simfonie produce 'a deeply sonorous timbre superior to the thin sound of many other early music groups, and their elegant phrasing makes their instruments sing' (Cathedral Music). The orchestra has on-going collaborations with over forty vocal groups - choral societies and professional choirs alike - all over the UK, and has been conducted by many musicians of renown, including Sir Charles Mackerras. The ensemble has appeared at all prominent venues in London, including Buckingham Palace.


Review from Henley Standard

A dream chamber orchestra. 

Choirs and soloists can be unsettled by their orchestral accompaniment, notoriously horns and brass, but no such qualms about the Charivari, who are as reliable as any singer could wish for. If they were technically competent in the Haydn, we marvelled at their true capabilities in the two Torelli Brandenburg concertos. Exquisitely performed, these exemplified the best of Baroque style, where the string is stroked by arched bows, without pressure or left-hand vibrato, resulting in purity of sound and heightened sensitivity to phrasing and colour. Especially memorable was the second adagio of the F major Brandenburg, with hints of Vivaldi’s Winter glistening through.


Review from Cambridge

Charivari Agréable complemented the chorus with authentic, colourful and beautifully executed sounds. Instruments included violins, viola da gambas, cornetti, recorders, sackbuts, chittarone and chamber organ. The sonority, clarity, and agility of these performers enhanced the music considerably, balancing the chorus with contributions that were very much a vital part of the music's fabric.

Some of our recent and forthcoming appearances:

Buckingham Palace
BBC Broadcasting House
Brighton Pavillion
Bradford Cathedral
Cadogan Hall, London
Chelmsford Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Convocation House, Oxford University
Douai Abbey
Ely Cathedral
The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London
Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge
Kimbolton Castle
Lincoln Cathedral
Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford
Merton College Chapel, Oxford
New College Chapel, Oxford
Norwich Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
Purcell Room
Queen's College Chapel, Oxford
Romsey Abbey
The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
Royal College of Music
Royal Holloway Chapel University of London
Royal Northern College of Music
Salisbury Cathedral
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
St Alban's Cathedral
St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire
St John's, Smith Square, London
St Woolos Cathedral, Newport
Tewkesbury Abbey
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge
Truro Cathedral
Wigmore Hall
St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
York Minster

Just before a performance of Bach's B-minor Mass

Our 15th Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, this time with the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Rehearsing Bach's Christmas Oratorio in St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

Bach's Orchestral Suite in The Queen's College Chapel, Oxford


Bach's St Matthew Passion in St Alban's Cathedral


Bach's St John Passion in Lincoln Cathedral


Mozart's Requiem in St John's Smith Square, London, with The Exmoor Singers


Monteverdi Vespers in Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary, with the Choir of New College, Oxford


Monteverdi Vespers in Richter Hall, Györ, Hungary, with the Choir of New College, Oxford


JS Bach Cantata BWV 140 Wachet auf inYork Minster, with the Choir of York Minster


JS Bach Christmas Oratorio inYork Minster, with the Choir of York Minster


GF Handel Messiah in Peterborough Cathedral, with the Choir of Peterborough Cathedral


JS Bach St John Passion in Romsey Abbey, with the Romsey Choral Society & Romsey Singers


Dieterich Buxtehude Jesu Membra Nostri in Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, with the cathedral choir


Claudio Monteverdi Marian Vespers of 1610 in Truro Cathedral, with the Three Spires Singers


Claudio Monteverdi Marian Vespers of 1610 in Ely Cathedral, with the Harlow Chorus


Rehearsing Handel's Messiah in Windsor Castle, with the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle



JS Bach St John Passion in Salisbury Cathedral, with the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral



Mozart Requiem in the Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, with the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum