His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts was established in 1982 and is a world-leading, historic brass ensemble consisting of the UK's premier virtuoso cornett and sagbutt players. Celebrating its 35th birthday in 2017, this internationally renowned group specialises in historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque music and continues to delight audiences worldwide by disseminating the sound of its noble instruments via recordings, radio and television broadcasts, and live performances.

HMSC’s illustrious name is taken from Matthew Locke’s five-part tthings for His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, which were played during the coronation celebrations for King Charles II in 1661. Since its inaugural concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the ensemble has performed a wide variety of projects in more than thirty countries across four continents: from Perth Scotland to Perth Australia via London, Paris and New York, Venice, Pompeii, Athens, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Taiwan, to name but a few.

The group has numerous recordings and launched its own record label, SFZ Music, a decade ago.


Jeremy West
Jamie Savan
Helen Roberts

Cornett and Natural Trumpet

Darren Moore


Abigail Newman
Martyn Sanderson
Miguel Tantos Sevillano
William Brown

Bass Sagbutts

Stephen Saunders
Guy Morley

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts were joined in this concert by David Gerrard, Harpsichord and Organ, and James Bramley, Theorbo.