Instruments of Time and Truth, described on BBC Radio 3 as, ‘a superb band of instrumental soloists’, was founded in 2014 by cellist, Gabriel Amherst and bass player, Judith Evans. The ensemble provides a unique platform for internationally-performing period musicians who live in, or around, Oxford, many of whom hold Principal positions with groups such as the English Baroque Soloists, the Academy of Ancient Music and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Still in its infancy, IT&T has performed for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, at the Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room, King’s Place (London), SJE Arts, University Church and Dorchester Abbey. It has assumed a significant role in underpinning the tradition of choral excellence at Oxford University in collaborations with the choirs of New, Keble, Magdalen, St Peter’s, Somerville and The Queen’s colleges. IT&T has recently worked closely with the University on its internationally renowned Bach project, as well as coaching and performing side-by-side with the student baroque ensemble, The Bate Players.
Envisioned by its founders as a community resource, IT&T also supports the realisation of the Oxford community’s musical aspirations, performing with local amateur choirs: the Oxford Bach Choir; the Summertown Choral Society; Oxford Pro Musica Singers; and the Oxford Girls’ Choir.
Future plans have IT&T developing more of a regional role, with concerts as far afield as Leicester and Bath, whilst maintaining its concert series in Oxford. With a grant from the PF Charitable Trust, IT&T is extending its education work to coaching and side-by-side performance at secondary level, with students from the Oxfordshire County Music Service’s baroque ensemble, Oxybaroxy.