Unlimited in their choice of historical repertoire, Retrospect Ensemble is on a journey to explore a vast range of music with a fresh approach. Founded and directed by Matthew Halls, they enjoy an annual Wigmore Hall series, international concert engagements and a relationship with the Korean National Opera. Not only that, they will be bringing our Winter Festival to a close!
In Improvviso, Retrospect will present a programme of instrumental music by Monteverdi’s close contemporaries, exploring the styles and sounds of the baroque era. These composers paved the way towards a musical style that has become so familiar. They did this, as you will hear, with harmonic boldness, exotic musical ideas and experimentation in new performing techniques. The infectious dance rhythms, mesmerising variations and lavish lyricism of these works will draw you in and leave you wanting more!
If you fancy making an evening of it Retrospect will be preceded by the sensational EXAUDI directed by our previous Associate Artist, James Weeks in a concert of Monteverdi’s Third Book of Madrigals. EXAUDI are celebrated for their interpretations of contemporary music, so we’re fascinated to hear what they can bring to Monteverdi’s madrigals and we hope you will be too! Look out for more about EXAUDI in an upcoming Artist Focus.