Otley Baroque provides early-music concerts in a charming old market town of Otley, Leeds.

The various repertoire of instruments and vocal music in the 17th and 18th centuries are performed on period instruments by guest musicians from across the UK who are specialised in the genre and experts on period instruments.

Concerts are usually held in the weekends afternoon, at local churches and in the comfort of local cafes.

With a warm welcoming atmosphere and great hospitality, you will enjoy a high-quality live performance at an affordable price.

How it started

Otley Baroque has launched in 2018 by professional violinist, Asuka Sumi who lives in the town for more than 5years, and has been charmed by the beauty and friendliness of Otley.

Before she joined her husband to move to the UK, Asuka studied in Tokyo and Amsterdam and appeared in many international stages.

With her experience in Europe and her love for the town, her idea grew to bring the same quality of live classical music experiences at a more affordable price to her locals.

Enrich, Enliven, Educate

Otley Baroque’s vision is to enrich and enliven the soul of young and old by live music.

Otley Baroque also see the importance of cultural education, especially to young audiences.

Thus, the concerts often provide visual aids by the big projection screen, casual and interactive lectures to deepen the understanding of music and its history.

We are planning more educational programmes and events tailored for young children.

Support local and vulnerable

The series started as a charity concert to raise awareness of the vulnerable in society. Most musicians in the first season have joined for free and all the profits are donated to St George’s Crypt in Leeds. Also, Asuka and the cellist Amelie Addison made their visit to the Crypt and gave a lunchtime concert.

In addition, our recent concerts invite the members of Otley Action for Older People free of charge.

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