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The Frolick

Founded in 2005 and directed by Emma Curtis and Andrew Maginley, The Frolick exists to breathe life
back into the neglected music and entertainments of 17th -and 18th-century London.
Their award-winning debut album Calliope, Beautiful Voice - Volume the First, has been universally praised
and has brought the most popular songs of Handel's London back to the public for the first time in 300 years.

The members of The Frolick are drawn from the most dazzling talent of the London early music world, and have chosen to join
The Frolick as an opportunity to let their hair down and show what they can do in a party atmostphere.

Emma Curtis Emma Curtis, contralto, director.  As a baroque specialist, Emma has sung in opera and concert with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert, as Cavalli’s Giasone with Harry Bicket, Jean-Claude Malgoire and his Grand Ecurie et le Chambre du Roi and William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.  She has also premiered works by Philippe Fenélon, (more info.)   Andrew Maginley Andrew Maginley, lute, guitars, director.  A native New Yorker, Andrew is a solo recitalist and high profile continuo player working throughout Europe, the UK and North America, most recently with The English Concert, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Liceo Opera Barcelona, LA Opera and Glyndebourne Opera.  Andrew specialises in the virtuoso solo music of the d-minor baroque lute. (more info.)
Huw Daniel Huw Daniel, baroque violin
Huw is member of the English Concert and has also played with the King’s Consort, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, the London Handel Orchestra, and the Sixteen. He is the leader of the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música, Porto and Harmony of Nations, and.. (more info.)
  Catherine Martin Catherine Martin,baroque violin
Catherine leads the Gabrieli Consort and Players and the orchestra of the Early Opera Company, and also has been guest leader of The English Concert and Florilegium. Catherine has directed concerts with Barokkanerne, Oslo and the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra. She is a member of the Salomon String Quartet and is a sought-after soloist, appearing on many recordings... (more info.)
Jim O'Toole James O'Toole, baroque violin and folk-fiddle, co-founded the band Licence to Ceilidh in 2001, now one of England's premier folk bands. Descended from Irish stock, Jim finds the music from Ireland the most important influence upon his fiddling style.  As a baroque player, Jim has recorded Vivaldi Concertos for La Serenissima, and plays with English Touring Opera, the Classical Opera Company and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.   Frances Kelly Frances Kelly, italian triple & celtic harps
Well known both as a chamber musician and soloist, Frances is a leading exponent of early harps and much in demand as a continuo player. She has worked with many distinguished ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the New London Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Brandenburg Consort. She has numerous recordings.. (more info.)
Natasha Kraemer Natasha Kraemer, baroque cello
Natasha performs with many orchestras and chamber groups working in the UK and travelling abroad. These include The Gabrieli Players, English Concert, The Sixteen, Hanover Band, English Baroque Soloists and Classical Opera Company. She is principal cellist with The Sweelinck Ensemble and Saraband Consort. She has recorded Haydn’s The Creation... (more info.)
  Richard Boothby

Richard Boothby, viola da gamba/lyra viol.  After studying with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg, Richard founded the Purcell Quartet and is a founding member of Fretwork.  He teaches viola da gamba at the Royal College in London and both Baroque cello and viol at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.



Photos © Phil Taylor, except photo of Richard Boothby © Edward Webb