The Theater of Music draws its programmes from seventeenth and early eighteenth-century English dance and stage music. The ensemble takes its name from a collection of songs and instrumental pieces compiled in 1685 by John Playford, the most important publisher of music in seventeenth-century England.

In this transitional period, London was a place of exceedingly varied musical styles. The Theater of Music seeks to recapture their wealth and diversity.


Created in 2013, the ensemble has its origins in a research project on this repertoire led by flautist Marion Fermé.