Istante is a versatile musical collective committed to reaching out to new audiences through innovative concert experiences. Istante’s performances, often held in an informal setting, aim to inspire the listener by linking repertoire through historical and narrative threads.
Individually, Istante’s members perform with prestigious orchestras and ensembles including Royal Opera House Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, La Scala orchestra, English Baroque Soloists/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, King’s Consort. By combining their diverse experience, they are able to offer a unique breadth of repertoire, both in terms of style and historical period.
Istante has performed in a range of venues in the UK and abroad, including the St Stephen's Festival of the Arts in London, the Newbury Festival and Classica Aurora series in Arezzo (Italy), and was selected for the 2017-2018 BREMF Live! Scheme. The ensemble counts a number of collaborations with Opera Vera, performing original arrangements of La Boheme, Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart’s da Ponte trilogy.
Istante is ensemble in residence at Baroquestock Festival, featuring a unique fusion of historical performance, folk music, community projects and home-cooked food. Baroquestock highlights include a fully staged production of J.Haydn’s rarely-heard opera “Lo Speziale”. The ensemble also play various concerts throughout the year, often as part of the church's lunchtime concert series.
Istante’s debut album, ‘Little things in Odd Shapes’, featuring chamber music for mixed string/wind ensemble by Boccherini and M. Haydn, was released by Novantiqua Records in 2018.