Adelaide Baroque

From the earliest composers from circa 1600 to the those of the 1770’s, Adelaide Baroque will take you on a journey into musical history with a vitality that is timeless – relevant to life in 2020 and beyond! Since 1977, Adelaide Baroque has gained a reputation for innovative programming of a vast array of baroque chamber music for smaller ensembles and has also featured soloists on historic instruments.

Exciting, Creative, Fiery and Expressive!

For over 40 years Adelaide Baroque has given concerts of baroque music to enthusiastic audiences in Adelaide, interstate and abroad. Concert programs have been innovative and varied, featuring music from the vast repertoire of 17th and 18th century European music as well as some contemporary music from Australia. Our aim is to excite contemporary audiences with the power of baroque music.

Importantly, Adelaide Baroque has led the resurgence of interest in the presentation and promotion of historical performance practice and has been the training ground for many Australian musicians through its regular workshops. Its commitment to best practice has seen Adelaide Baroque involved in nurturing the next generation of performers.

Regularly collaborating with both Australia’s leading and emergent baroque performers, Adelaide Baroque presents concerts of beauty, passion and creativity!


Orchestral Series


The Orchestral Series concerts feature the Adelaide Baroque Orchestra presenting larger works of the huge baroque repertoire.


Baroque Explorations


The Baroque Explorations Series features solo artists and small chamber groups in the beautiful acoustic of Brougham Place Uniting Church.


Our History

Adelaide Baroque was founded by Lynton Rivers, Anne Whelan and Lesley Lewis in 1977 with the aim to bring re-interpreted baroque music, played with historical style on original and copies of baroque instruments, to audiences in Adelaide and SA.

At that time the resurgence of baroque and earlier music in both Europe, the United Kingdom and North America was starting to be embraced by conservatories, concert halls and festivals but it was also a break-away from the norm. Historical books on performance practice were read, beautiful old instruments restored and copied and manuscripts and early printed editions of music were sourced.

It was an exciting time and led to the a huge revolution in the performance practice of baroque music in western concerts. Adelaide Baroque has been a continual part of this revolution!