Copper & Zink is a period brass ensemble based in the Netherlands that draws together some of the country’s most talented young early brass specialists. The ensemble is flexible in size but always features period brass: sackbuts, cornetts, historic trumpets etc... From project to project we perform in different settings, together with various other ensembles, vocal and instrumental, bringing valuable experience and sensitivity to historical style.
The individual musicians that comprise Copper & Zink come from diverse musical backgrounds and collectively they have experience working with many of Europe’s leading early music ensembles (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Musica Amphion, Concerto Palatino, Gabrieli Consort, Vox Luminis, The Sixteen).
The instruments represented here (Cornetto, Sackbut, natural trumpet, slide trumpet) are quite specialized, often not so well known, and yet are perfectly adapted to to this repertoire, especially in combination with voices.
Venetian antiphonal music from the late 16th and early 17th Centuries remains firmly at the heart of Copper & Zink’s repertoire. With its evolving vocal practices and a newly flourishing instrumental style, this core repertoire has been the basis of a number of successful programme collaborations with ensembles including vocal ensemble Ribattuta and Luthers Bach Ensemble Groningen. More recently, Copper & Zink has also begun to explore new avenues and has presented concerts with music ranging from the early Flemish polychoralists, to the motets of the Bach family dynasty and Purcell’s royal funeral music.
History - In 2012 cornettist Andrew Hallock organized the first projects under the name Copper & Zink, and it has grown each year in the number of concerts and scope of repertoire. Together with cornettist Nicholas Emmerson the ensemble has flourished, and been engaged repeatedly by conductors throughout the Netherlands.