With decades of musical experience performing all over the world, each member of Purcell’s Muse brings technical, musical and expressive accomplishment of the highest level to this new ensemble. Together, they have found a personal and musical compatibility of extraordinary immediacy and depth. Combining finely tuned stylistic acumen with heart-on-sleeve theatrical and emotional responses to the music of the baroque period, they transmit this kindred connection to move their audience through diverse and dramatic repertoire. It was common in the eighteenth century for composers to arrange their own music, or the music of others. While maintaining a powerful connection to their roots in authentic performance practice they feel at liberty to do exactly this, giving many greater possibilities for programme choices as well as being able to express themselves more personally and freely.
Ana Maria Rincon
A selection of our music.
Dido's LamentPurcell's Muse
Now The NightPurcell's Muse
A live video from a recent concert.
April 22nd -Concert Workshop Series, Clffe High St, Lewes
June 29th - Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by Sea
October 1st - St. Saviours Church, Eton Rd, London NW1
December 11th - Cadogan Hall, London SW1
December 10th - Cadogan Hall, London SW1
Julia discovered her love of Early Music during her studies at the Royal College of Music when one day she heard the Baroque orchestra being directed by the inspiring Cat Mackintosh. 30 years later Julia is recognised as one of the leading Baroque violinists of her generation, touring the world extensively and making numerous recordings with the period instrument orchestras of the UK including the London Classical Players, the Hanover Band, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, with whom she was a member for 6 years, and as leader and soloist with the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Her playing has been described in BBC Music Magazine as ‘psychedelic’.
In 1997 Julia co-founded the ensemble Red Priest with recorder player Piers Adams and enjoyed 19 years of huge success, touring Europe, the Far East and America and making 6 highly acclaimed CDs before handing over to the violinist Adam Summerhaze in order to spend more time at home with family.
Recently Julia has become increasingly popular for her lively and informative teaching on workshops and courses around the UK and abroad. She is also guest teacher at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music.
She is now finding great inspiration performing concerts with soprano Ana Maria Rincon and harpsichordist Howard Beach in their newly-formed chamber ensemble Purcell’s Muse.
Howard Beach is a pianist and harpsichordist much in demand as an accompanist for concerts,
auditions, competitions and recordings for a wide range of instrumentalists and singers. He has
worked for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the London Mozart Players, Les Arts
Florissants and on opera projects for Channel 4 TV.
In 1989 Piers Adams (recorders) invited Howard to partner him in a series of concerts, and from
this beginning they developed their own virtuoso, boundary-pushing style. They toured
extensively and recorded several CDs, their repertoire spanning seven centuries, including
commissions usually premiered in London’s Wigmore Hall.
From 2000-2011 Howard was the harpsichordist in the dynamic baroque quartet “Red Priest”.
They were featured regularly on Radio 3 and Classic FM and in 2005 were the subject of an ITV
South Bank Show programme. They toured all over the world playing in most European
countries, 40 states of the USA, Japan, Australia, the Caribbean and, of course, the UK and
Ireland. Red Priest recorded 4 CDs with Howard: “Nightmare in Venice” (2001), Vivaldi’s “4
Seasons” (2003), “Pirates of the Baroque” (2006) and “Johann, I’m only Dancing” (2009) of
music by JS Bach. They are all available from Red Priest Recordings (RPR).
Since leaving Red Priest Howard has played with many singers and instrumentalists, notably
Richard Durrant (renowned Shoreham-based guitarist) with whom he has recorded a CD of
Bach, Vivaldi and Boccherini (Longman064CD). He is currently the keyboardist of the “Richard
Durrant Orchestra”. He has also worked for Glyndebourne and the BBC Singers. In 2018 Howard
and Piers Adams reignited their exciting musical collaboration to create more extravagant
arrangements to tour, record and film. Howard sings in the choir of St Bartholomew’s Church in
Brighton and has been the tenor soloist in Masses by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, Mozart’s
Requiem and Gounod’s St Cecelia Mass.
In 2016 Howard was drawn back to baroque music, joining with Ana Maria Rincon (soprano)
and Julia Bishop (violinist from Red Priest) to form their new trio “Purcell’s Muse”. Their first
concerts have been great successes and their first programme, “Mr Handel’s Stagecoach”, is to
be recorded soon.
Howard Beach is also a professionally qualified holistic massage therapist (with distinction) and
was boutique manager in Harrods’ Salon de Parfums for Clive Christian Perfume in 2014-2015,
fulfilling a long held ambition during a 20 year passion for perfume.
Ana Maria Rincon
Ana Maria Rincon attended the Guildhall School
of Music on a scholarship where she specialised in
Early Music studying singing with Laura Sarti. In her
final year she was awarded the Celia Mizony prize
and along with her group 'Musikfreunde' won the
Early Music Network Competition and joined Philip
Pickett's New London Consort.
Ana Maria's work in opera includes performances of
The Fairy Queen and Medee with William Christie
and Les Arts Florissants, Handel's Tamerlano singing
Irene with the European Union Baroque Orchestra,
Asteria with the Opera Theatre Company of Ireland
in Czechoslovakia and also Amore in Monteverdi's
Poppea with Teatro Verdi di Pisa.
Her extensive concert work includes a European tour
and recording of Handel's Rinaldo with Christopher
Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music,
concerts in Moscow with The Dufay Collective, solo
cantatas with the ensemble Florilegium and a tour
of Europe singing Handel's solo motet "Silete Venti"
with the E.U.B.O.
Ana Maria has recorded four CDs of 18th Century
English Songs with the group Invocation for
Hyperion. She has also recorded a CD of solo songs
of the Renaissance with the group Concordia.
Ana Maria works regularly with the conductor
Laurence Cummings. They have performed
together in many venues around Europe including
Norway, Italy and France and recitals in the London
Handel Festival. Most recently Ana Maria and
Laurence recorded a CD of Handel duets and solos.
Ana Maria is also a member of the new
Baroque group Purcell's Muse, along
with the violinist, Julia Bishop and
harpsichordist, Howard Beach.
Ana Maria can currently be heard
signing a Handel aria in the V&A's