I’ve just played the first block of quite a few concerts I’ve got coming up with il Bacio, a new baroque collective headed up by oboist Ann Allen. This particular incarnation of the ensemble also included the extremely fabulous soprano Anna Dennis, and my favourite harpsichordist Tom Foster. We did Purcell, Handel and Geminiani, and Tom and I played a Finger sonata as well. It started with a lunchtime concert at St Anne & St Agnes in London, and the next day was an evening performance at Chetham’s in Manchester, followed by a lunchtime concert at Manchester University and an afternoon masterclass with students from the music department. It was fun and different playing baroque stuff with Ann and Anna, as the three of us had met doing an entirely different kind of thing in Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee. These guys are all such classy music makers, and even if Handel is not really your thing, it’s definitely worth hearing Anna sing it. Our next gig is next week in London. Check it out.