Former Associate Artist James Weeks returns to Spitalfields this winter, this time with his extraordinary ensemble, EXAUDI. Co-founded with the fantastic soprano Juliet Fraser, this group are whipping up a storm in Britain’s contemporary music scene, showcasing exciting talent in both upcoming performers and composers.
EXAUDI draws inspiration for its sound from early music ensembles, and so styles itself as a consort rather than a choir. They have developed strong links with us at Spitalfields Music and other prestigious organisations including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Aldeburgh Music. Over the past year they have been very busy performing with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and French contemporary ensemble L’Instant Donné.
In their Winter Festival concert, EXAUDI will be performing a selection of songs from Monteverdi’s Book Three of Madrigals, many of which musically exploit the sumptuous texts and subtle eroticism in Guarini’s poetry, and the dramatic lyrics of the legendary Torquato Tasso. Full of grief, anguish, uncharacteristically chromatic lines and falling sixths, the whole book ends with a painful question: “Ah, my dear, who is taking you away from me?” You can be sure that their performance will be nothing less than heart-wrenchingly spectacular!
Third Book of Madrigals
Friday 7 January, 6.30pm
Christ Church Spitalfields
Tickets: £5 – £22