The name “Réjouissance,” used by 18th century composers as a
title for certain especially delightful pieces, means rejoicing or
merrymaking, sensibilities the ensemble strives to instill in their
performances. Often, the musicians perform in 18th century costume and
by candle light.
draws most of its repertoire from the vast collections of European
instrumental music; from early 17th century Italian composers such as
, to great 18th century German masters like Bach, Handel and Telemann.
Musical offerings include trio sonatas, solo sonatas, early
instrumental dances and early song settings, occasionally enhanced
with the addition of a crumhorn.
The group has been heard on CBC Radio 2, both locally and nationally,
and has appeared in historical venues throughout
Some musicians in Rejouissance also play in Symphony