About Musica Poetica

Founded as a quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, Musica Poetica is building a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging early music ensembles. Under the artistic direction of renowned conductor and keyboardist Oliver John Ruthven, the group has performed in venues ranging from Jacksons Lane Theatre to Cadogan Hall and participated in the BREMF Early Music Now! scheme in 2012-2013.

2017 has been a break-out year for the group, with performances in major festivals and a critically-acclaimed run of Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea in collaboration with Hampstead Garden Opera, alongside a series of lunchtime concerts in the City of London focusing on the works of Franz Tunder.

Future plans include a recording of Tunder’s vocal works and collaborations with the Swansea Bach Choir and the English Baroque Choir.

Musica Poetica is passionate about bringing lesser-known 17th century repertoire to wider attention. The group believes firmly in making early music more approachable, and to that end has developed “Baroque Tales” – evenings of early music, cocktails and conversation in quirky venues. This featured to great acclaim recently in the Bath Recitals series.