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About Canzona

Theresa Caudle


Concert Diary



Director: Theresa Caudle

CANZONA was formed in 1992 and comprises some of this country’s leading players of period instruments. Many of Canzona’s concerts are as a chamber group and the versatility of its director Theresa Caudle, who plays both the violin and cornett, creates the stimulus for a flexible line-up of early wind, brass and string instruments. They are often joined by a singer and have performed with many distinguished soloists including Philippa Hyde, James Bowman and Peter Harvey. The players of Canzona have a particular passion for 17th century music, but whatever they are playing, from Monteverdi to Mozart, they make every effort to play on appropriate instruments for the period.

CANZONA is frequently expanded to orchestral proportions and has performed with many outstanding choirs including Polyphony and the Holst Singers (conducted by Stephen Layton). Canzona continues to have a long-standing association with several choirs including the Leith Hill Musical Festival, the Bristol Bach Choir, and the Chelmsford Cathedral Choirs, and the ensemble regularly performs many masterpieces of the baroque era including the Bach Passions and B Minor Mass; Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt; Monteverdi's Vespers and music by Purcell and de Lalande.  

CANZONA has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s College and Trinity College Cambridge; Salisbury, Wells, St Albans and Blackburn Cathedrals; and has taken part in the Three Choirs Festival and the Spitalfields Festival. In December 2014 Canzona performed Messiah with the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at Buckingham Palace and in May 2016 appeared with the same choir in the Queen’s Chapel, St James’ Palace in a concert to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  As well as performing in London and around Britain, Canzona has given concerts in festivals as far afield as Finland and Malta.

CANZONA has made two highly-acclaimed recordings: Motets by André Campra on EtCetera, and Theresa Caudle and Canzona’s recording “Violino o Cornetto” of 17th century Italian sonatas for violin and cornett on Nimbus Alliance.

© Gerald Place

Canzona consists of 2-30 players as required including:

Theresa Caudle - violin, viola, viola d’amore and cornett

Jean Paterson – violin

Rebecca Miles - violin and recorder

Emily White - violin and sackbut

Stephanie Heichelheim - viola

Mark Caudle – cello, bass violin, viola da gamba

Robert Farley - trumpet

David Miller – theorbo  

Alastair Ross – harpsichord, organ

© Blackburn Cathedral

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For further information please e-mail or contact:

Jill Caudle, General Manager - 118 Wise Lane, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wilts SP3 6AB   Tel: 01747 830625    Fax: 0843 290 9026  


Polly Smith, Marketing Manager - 32 Gatwick Road, London SW18 5UF  Tel: 020 8425 9298  e-mail:

Theresa Caudle, Director - Apple Tree Cottage, Well Street, Burghclere, Nr Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9HS  


Canzona Ltd - Registered Company No. 5464208

Canzona: Alastair Ross, Jean Paterson, Theresa Caudle and Mark Caudle