The Castello Consort is an ensemble with a passion for the virtuosic and expressive music of the seventeenth century. Four musicians form the core of the ensemble: Elise van der Wel (violin), Matthijs van der Moolen (sackbut), Anne-Linde Visser (cello, bass violin & viola da gamba) and Henriëtte Wirth (harpsichord & organ). This core is regularly expanded with guest musicians.
Recently, the Castello Consort performed at a variety of the foremost international festivals for early music, including the Internationale Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen (DE), the Beverley Early Music Festival (UK), the Festival d'Ambronay (FR), the Festival Barocco è il Mondo (IT), the BRQ Festival (fringe) in Vantaa (FI), the Schuyt Festival in Leiden (NL), the Kongsberg International Organ Summer (NO) and twice in the Fabulous Fringe series of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL). Furthermore, they featured in prominent concert series in the Netherlands, such as Kasteelconcerten, Musica Antica, Prelude Klassiek and InCanto.
In 2017, the ensemble was selected for the prestigious Eeemerging scheme, a programme supporting a small selection of the most promising young, European early music ensembles within the framework of Creative Europe. As part of this programme, the ensemble was invited for residencies at the NCEM in York (UK) and Ghislierimusica in Pavia (IT).
The members of the Castello Consort met as students in the early music department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (NL), sharing their dedication towards early chamber music. Besides playing, the musicians research the various aspects that distinguish the seventeenth-century repertoire from other (early) music, including historical tuning/temperaments, instrumentation and other performance aspects (articulation, phrasing, ornamentation, improvisation, etc.).
The ensemble has also participated in educational projects. One example is 'Of Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax', a project and performance in the Beverley Minster (UK), which involved 200 pupils from schools in Beverley and Hull.