Is performing by heart a gimmick?

Finishing our Winter Festival with a bang this year is baroque collective Solomon’s Knot, performing Bach’s seasonal Christmas Oratorio from memory. We spoke to Jonathan Sells, Joint Artistic Director of Solomon’s Knot, about how this changes a performance, and the reasons behind his choice. Why does Solomon’s Knot perform from memory? Isn’t it just a…

Stradella: Is That A Pasta Dish?

Trying to find out truth about Alessandro Stradella’s life is like playing a game of Chinese Whispers. Every book or website you read has a different story, each more outlandish than the last. But real or not, it’s a good read (clearly, we aren’t the only ones to think so, as Stradella’s life was used…

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,…

On the eighth day of the Winter Festival…

Spitalfields Music sent to me… pictures from Matthew Robins of the puppetry for the performance of the little match girl passion this evening. Matthew’s puppets bring to life David Lang’s poignant the little match girl passion, sung by I Fagiolini alongside Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and a small selection of Danish and German Christmas carols.…

Artist Focus: European Union Baroque Orchestra

‘EUBO plays music from 300 years ago, not to create a museum but a here-and-now experience.’  (Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Music Director, EUBO) Bringing together some of the finest young baroque musicians from across Europe, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO)  provides a creative platform for new talent. The orchestra offers around 25 graduates the opportunity…

Artist Focus: The Academy of Ancient Music

“One of the world’s greatest period-instrumentbands, the Academy of Ancient Music, is stuffed full with the superstars of the historically-informed style of playing.” Glasgow Herald With Easter upon us and a Bank holiday weekend to enjoy, we thought it would be a good time to draw your attention to The Academy of Ancient Music‘s wonderful…

Artist Focus: Arte dei Suonatori

Baroque orchestra (or rather “an orchestra in a baroque manner” as they describe themselves) Arte dei Suonatori has a prolific concert schedule averaging on nearly one hundred concerts a year, performing in various settings and instrumental combinations. Formed in Poland in 1993 the group originally consisted of Polish string and continuo players, but over the…