Small is beautiful….

Intense, concentrated music-making of quality, invoked by the name Ristretto, is the hallmark of our presentations.

Nice panoramaLocated near Nice in the South of France, our vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles give concerts, public or private, and are sought-after performers at wedding ceremonies, providing quality choir, soloists and/or orchestra to embellish each important occasion.

Conceived in 2012 by conductor and artistic director, Errol Girdlestone, using his wide range of international contacts and experience, Ristretto draws on the finest professional instrumentalists and singers on the Côte d’Azur. 

We have a wide and varied repertoire, and can even perform at baroque pitch if you want that extra spark of authenticity, making use of violins with gut strings and baroque bows. Composers from Abel to Zieleński, mediaeval via renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic to modern music, everything within the parameters of our title Ristretto is feasible.

Hire us… we will put together a carefully selected group tailored to your occasion. In this way we are able to assure the highest possible quality at an affordable budget.

Please visit our Weddings page for more information on our custom performances for that special occasion. 

Sing with us… if you enjoy spending your holiday in a choral workshop and are looking for a summer singing course in the South of France, then Ristretto’s challenging a cappella Summer Academy  may be just what you’re looking for.

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