Welcome to the website of Toute Ensemble Early Music Windband.
We hope you will enjoy finding out about us, our music and our instruments.
If you're interested in asking us to perform for you, please use the Contact Us page. Thanks.
Toute Ensemble is a group of eight musicians, playing early instruments including recorders, windcaps (crumhorns, cornamusen, cortols) shawms, dulcians, sackbut, small pipes and lute. Our music usually includes a variety of percussion and we also sing. We all have Elizabethan-style costumes which we enjoy wearing for performances when appropriate.
The band was formed 20 years ago and now plays throughout Plymouth and South East Cornwall at fairs, fêtes, dances, banquets and concerts, especially within Tudor premises, including under the Christmas garland at the National Trust's Cotehele house, and in their courtyard in summer, for Plymouth's celebrations of Sir Francis Drake, various street festivals, for village fêtes, church events, at Stuart House in Liskeard and for Camelford's 750th Charter Celebrations.
Our repertoire varies from very early music (12th century), Renaissance (including the famous Playford dances) early Baroque and folk music through to 21st century pieces, all performed with skill, enthusiasm and a uniquely lively style.