“..a jewel in the national period instrument crown” Limelight Magazine 2017
"Ravishing Sound... " SMH
★★★★★ "balance, clear-sightedness and optimism" SMH
“..a young and engaged group” SHM 2013
“natural phrasing refreshingly free of the mannerism that original instrument groups are sometimes prone to” SMH 2013
“Textural clarity and sectional interplay illuminated their inventiveness while lilting rhythms and emphatic staccatos enlivened the finales.” The Australian 2013
The Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) was formed in late 2011 and launched its first subscription season in 2012. AHE has rapidly claimed a place among Australia’s finest orchestras and chamber music groups. The Ensemble specialises in the music of the classical era, performing on historical instruments under the leadership of Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh.
The Ensemble's name pays tribute to the great 'Papa Haydn' who was a central figure of the late eighteenth century.
Formed from a group of dedicated musicians with national and international experience, AHE has built a reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that would have been familiar to Haydn and his contemporaries.
AHE has released two ABC Classics albums, performed at several Festivals throughout Australia, and toured to the USA. They present five tours annually and include regional performances and education projects at the core of their activities.