Late nights at the Village Underground

Tonight we welcome Barokksolistine along with members of I Fagiolini  to perform some really old pub-music all under the direction of Bjarte Eike. Join us from 9.30pm for humour, anecdote, drinks and some 17th century pop music in a relaxed and informal setting! Not sure what to expect? Have a look at Barokksolistine in action:…

Diggers for Victory – James Weeks

James Weeks writes about the inspiration behind his new choral work The Freedom of the Earth. The following is an excerpt from his article published in this morning’s Guardian. In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, to preserve Beasts, Birds, Fishes and Man: but not…

Interview with Sophie Bevan

We chatted to soprano Sophie Bevan, soloist with The English Concert in Aci, Galatea e Polifemo about her career, her favourite reportoire and her role as Aci in Handel’s Opera: You grew up in a family of musicians, surrounded by people passionate about music. Have you ever seen yourself doing something else for living instead…

Artist Focus: Gabrieli Consort

‘Gabrieli is a wonderful early-instrument group, characterised by extraordinary sweetness of tone, and by an expressiveness which would be regarded as quaint if it didn’t emerge from the right kind of instruments. Even hearing them tune up is a pleasure’ – Michael Tanner The Spectator Taking their name from two legendary Venetian composers, the Gabrieli…

Interview: Joseph Crouch

Academy of Ancient Music’s Principal Cellist, Joseph Crouch, takes time to talk to us about his life, career and AAM’s exciting programme for this year’s Summer Festival. You started out in music as a chorister, why did you decide to change direction and pursue the cello?  Necessity. I was one of those boy trebles whose…

60 Seconds With… Tomasz Pokrzywinski

This summer we are pleased to be welcoming Polish baroque orchestra, Arte dei Suonatori. As they prepare for their London debut here in Spitalfields, we caught up with Principal Cellist, Tomasz  Pokrzywinski, for this week’s 60 Seconds With… What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection? There is no single track. I listen…