Self‐governing orch. founded by the players in London, 1986. Uses period instrs. No permanent cond., but has worked under Sigiswald Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt, and Charles Mackerras. Glyndebourne Fest. début 1989, cond. Rattle, in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (also 1991, and Così fan tutte 1991 and 1992). Salzburg Fest. début 1991. Prin. guest conds., Frans Brüggen and Simon Rattle, from 1992. First Eur. tour 1994, cond. Rattle.