His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts are an ensemble of blowing wind players focusing on the efficiency of music from the sixteenth and seventeenth generations on original tools. The core from the ensemble includes two cornetts and four sackbuts along with a harpsichord or chamber body organ, however the group frequently expands when the repertoire needs. The archaic spelling “sagbutt” in the name comes from the initial incarnation of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in 1516. It had been because of this illustrious ensemble that composers such as for example Matthew Locke provided numerous works. The present day ensemble was founded in 1982 and it is directed by Timothy Roberts. The group offers toured European countries and Asia and offers produced over 15 recordings. They possess collaborated with performers such as for example Emma Kirkby, Catherine Bott, and Charles Daniels, and several period device conductors, including Roger Norrington and John Eliot Gardiner. The ensemble continues to be presented at many renowned music festivals, such as for example those at Salzburg, Utrecht, and Edinburgh. Since 1995, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts continues to be an ensemble-in-residence in the Royal University of Music, London.