Continuo Collective delights in presenting rarely heard music on rare and beautiful instruments.

The group’s main passion is exploring the role of plucked instruments in the improvisatory art of basso continuo and as accompaniment to other instruments. Continuo Collective members Samantha Cohen and Geoffrey Morris collaborate with guest artists to perform music from the early 17th century through to the 19th and 20th centuries.

Known for the intimacy of their concerts and the use of exotic plucked instruments including theorbo, Baroque guitar, romantic guitar, lute, chitarra battente, chitarra atiorbata and Angelique, their performances are ideally suited to the intimate surrounds of the Salon, which creates a natural resonance for plucked strings, while retaining clarity and warmth.

The German Baroque lute is unlike any other member of the lute family. It is mainly a solo instrument, with 13 courses tuned to an open minor chord, giving it a deep, rich tone exploited by the famous German composer Sylvius Leopold Weiss and his contemporaries. Continuo Collective welcomes Baroque flautist Timothy Nott in a program of German music for flute and obbligato lute as well as solos for these instruments. Featuring works by Kellner, Weiss, Falkenhagen, Haydn and Quantz this is a rare opportunity to hear the Baroque lute in an ensemble setting.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Continuo Collective


Continuo Collective
Timothy Nott Baroque flute
Roseanne Hunt cello


Georg Muffat
Sonata in D

David Kellner

Franz Joseph Haydn
Lute sonata a 3 in F, Hob.IV:F2
I Allegro Moderato
II Cantabile
III Allegro

Johann Gottfried Conradi
Prelude in A

Johann Joachim Quantz
Flute sonata No. 273 in G, QV1:109
I Presto ma fiero
II Grave
II Vivace


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2017

Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Winter Sound Escape

Experience 3 heart-warming concerts in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon for just $99 – plus enjoy a complimentary hot drink from Blondie Bar for each concert you attend!