Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque

Rachel Podger talks earliest musical memories & supporting young musicians

Hello Rachel! Firstly, congratulations on your win at the BBC Music Magazine Awards. We’re really looking forward to your performance at our Summer Festival this year. Could you tell us a little bit about your programme – why Vivaldi and Bach? Vivaldi’s 12 concertos entitled L’estro Armonico (‘l’estro’ meaning imagination or innovation, ‘armonico’ meaning harmony)and…

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Gettin’ to know you: Wallis

Earlier last year, Wallis Leahy joined the team as our Programmes Apprentice. She’ll be with us for the coming year as part of the Tower Hamlets Cultural Apprenticeship Scheme. Hello Wallis! So what was the first recording you bought? Luckily nothing too embarrassing – after wearing out my parents copy, my Uncle gave me some money…

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A small piece of utopia

Composer Claudia Molitor will be performing her new work Remember Me: A Desk Opera on Monday 9 – Tuesday 10 December. We interviewed Claudia about the piece, her compositional process and the inspiration behind the project. For those who haven’t come across your work, could you give a little introduction to who you are and…

Lawrence Zazzo

Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo explores early operatic gems

Last week, we caught up with American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo about his upcoming collaboration with La Nuova Musica, their well-researched programme and new CD. When did you start singing professionally? Did you always want to be a singer? I’ve been singing most of my life; in boys’ choirs, barbershop choruses, close harmony/jazz groups, madrigal ensembles,…

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Meet mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne

Mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne joins La Serenissima to kick off our Winter Festival with an evening of dramatic arias by Vivaldi in A Tale of Two Seasons. We spoke to Sally about her career as a singer and her tips for those wanting to pursue a career in performance. Before you were a singer, you were…