OTLEY Baroque invites all families to discover the sound of Musette.

Since being founded in 2018 by Asuka Sumi, an international violinist who resides in the town, Otley Baroque has been delivering high-quality early music concerts and educational events.

Following their sold-out concert, ‘The World of Baroque Oboe’, Otley Baroque will hold the second edition of its Discovery Series to introduce an even rarer period instrument, the Musette de Cour - a delicate French bagpipe whose fortunes rose and fell with the French aristocracy in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Amanda Babington, an established baroque violin player based in Manchester, fell in love with this instrument some years ago and became one of a few musette players in the world.

On Sunday, July 24, together with the members of her ensemble ‘Baroque in the North’ and Asuka Sumi, Amanda will shed light on this extremely rare instrument and introduce beautiful music written for it by French baroque composers for the court of Versailles.

Asuka says: “We are grateful for ongoing support from the Leeds Inspired grants which makes it possible to keep our ticket prices as accessible for our local audience, and facilitate free tickets for Otley Action for Older People. Plus, we are looking forward to welcome many ‘Young Discoverers’ at the free Open Rehearsal event where young listeners can experience the peculiar sounds of old instruments as close as they wish!’

Otley Baroque Discovery Series Vol.2 ‘The World of Musette – Music for French Kings’ is on Sunday, July 24 at 4pm at Wesley Hall, Otley Methodist Church.

The Open Rehearsal is between 2:30pm-3pm (No booking needed).

Ticket prices are from £5 - £10 and can be purchased online at:


More information about Otley Baroque and the event details can be found at: http://www.otleybaroque.com