Peter Bassano

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Peter Bassano Directs
"A Musical Pilgrimage"
Concerts held in HS2 Endangered Historic Buildings
A Concert Held at Hampden House
Saturday 31st March 2010 at 1900hrs.
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Peter Bassano to take part in a new BBC TV Series for Francesco da Mosto Shakespeare in Ital

From October 2011 Peter Bassano has been reappointed as Music Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta and has accepted a new appointment as Music Director of the Oxford University Brass Band

Bassano’s recording of Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir at no 71 in 
RTÉ lyric fm's TOP 100 

2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Gabrieli, the great Venetian composer. In celebration of this event I am offering individual down-loads of tracks from my recording Venice Preserved which contains music by Gabrieli and his contemporaries

New downloads ** New download section added, click " Downloads" on the right for more information and to access the music downloads **

I am descended from a family of six Venetian musician brothers brought to England by King Henry VIII in 1540 to improve musical life at the English Court. In every generation since Tudor times there have been Bassano musicians. It might be argued that we are the oldest active musical family in the world.

I studied trombone and singing at the Royal College of Music, where after many years as a member of London's Philharmonia Orchestra I was appointed a professor and became a staff conductor and Head of Brass Faculty in 1990, a post I held until August 2004.

Throughout my career I have worked as both conductor and performer, interspersed with periods of study with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Elgar Howarth, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Jorma Panula and Bramwell Tovey. I am Music Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, The Virtuosi of the Mannheim Court, The Gentlemen of the Chappell, The Equale Baroque Players, Wendover Choral Society, City of Cambridge Band and Oxford Touring Opera. I have appeared as guest conductor with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Omani Symphony, Royal Philharmonic as well as at many conservatoires, choirs and bands around the world.

I hope you enjoy looking around this Web site.

'Berlioz: Fantastic Symphony'


Hong Kong Academy Concert Band


Video recording of Monteverdi's Vespers in Venice


Award of Fellow of the Royal College of Music


City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra


'Brighouse and Rastrick Band'


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Peter Bassano FRCM HonRCM

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Click the family moth to hear Bassano conducting the Gentlemen of the Chappell and His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts performing Giovanni Gabrieli's Omnes Gentes from the CD Venice Preserved...
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...or click this one to hear Bassano conducting Ida Falk Winland with the Virtuosi of the Mannheim Court in Mozart's Laudamus te from the Mass in C minor.