Our purpose:

Inspired by the famous Besozzi brothers who performed music for oboe and bassoon to great critical acclaim throughout Europe in the 18th Century, the Denner Ensemble was formed to re-establish this and other neglected double-reed repertoire composed by and for some of the most celebrated masters of the 18th century oboe and bassoon.


Specialising in historically informed interpretations and using copies of 18th century instruments including those of the famed woodwind maker Jakob Denner, the Denner Ensemble is rapidly establishing itself at the forefront of the early music scene with its thrilling, informative and exuberant performances. Programmes include concertos, quintets, quartets and sonatas from the Baroque to the Classical period with strings, and other woodwinds as required.


Flexible in line-up, the Denner Ensemble's core members, Mark Baigent (oboe), Nathaniel Harrison (bassoon), Ben Sansom (violin), Rebecca Prosser (recorder) and Karen Glen (harpsichord), are highly experienced chamber, solo and orchestral musicians regularly working in the UK's leading period instrument groups including the English Baroque Soloists, the Sixteen, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the King's Consort. 


 What they've said:


"The Denner Ensemble produced playing of superb quality: impeccably balanced, expressive and animated. Also, there was a delightful rapport between the players. Each of them leads a distinguished solo career, but it is obvious that they enjoy performing together as a group."
- Leicester Early Music Festival, 2009


"One of our best concerts ever!"  

- Administrator of the Recital Series, St. James's Piccadilly, London.


"With their wry humour, their modesty and attractively toned and expressive playing, this group re-created the elegance and spirit of chamber music as heard in the courts and inns of early 18th Century England."
"...playing period wind instruments, as Mark Baigent, the oboist joked, was analogous to driving a vintage car instead of a smoother, modern machine, good fun but more likely to leave the road. His comparison belied his nimbleness, and that of his companion, Nathaniel Harrison, on bassoon, in recapturing beautifully the zestfulness of the sonatas played."
Richard Smythe, Newport Advertiser, 2005