Guts & Glory

In 2016 we embarked on our most ambitious project ever. We toured the UK with a programme of military art music. A contradiction in terms? Certainly not!

Composers such as Biber and Schmelzer were often inspired by the sounds of battle to write energetic and heroic music for trumpets, drums and strings. It is works like these that formed the core repertoire of our project, contrasted by more reflective music as the composers contemplated the heroism and tragedy of war.


To prepare for our performances of Guts and Glory we held an open rehearsal and conference which aimed to integrating real natural trumpets and equal tension strings into the ensemble. Our intention was to embrace this last bastion of period performance and open up debate, challenge prejudice and entertain audiences.

This project was generously supported by Arts Council England and so far we have performed at St John's Smith Square, St George's Bristol, Brighton Early Music Festival, and York Early Music Christmas Festival

‘The young period instrument group Spiritato! is one of the most exciting arrivals on the UK early music scene...the playing was excellent throughout’ Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review, April 2016


The next performance of Guts and Glory will take place in Wiltshire on 25th October 2017.
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