This line-up is on fire!

As part of our recently revealed Summer Festival 2016 programme, we’re welcoming back New London Chamber Choir to the beautiful Shoreditch Church in June. Premiering a flaming cantata, the choir will be charting the progress of the Great Fire of London on its 350th anniversary. Fire has long been a source of inspiration for artists, so to…

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,…

Behind the music: Handel’s Messiah

Written in 1741, Messiah has become one of Handel’s most well-known works, yet despite its enduring popularity, there are many lesser-known facts behind the music. Before its performance by The English Concert at our Winter Festival, take a closer look at one of the greatest baroque oratorios in British history. When it was first performed…

Think you know what the Royal Academy of Music is?

These days the Royal Academy of Music conjures up images (and sounds) of studious young musicians, fastidiously practising works from Handel to Ligeti, but before the school was founded in 1822, an opera company of the same name (with no connection to the current RAM) had existed 100 years prior. On Friday 13 December, La…

On the eleventh day of the Winter Festival…

Spitalfields Music sent to me… video highlights from The English Concert. The English Concert return to Christ Church Spitalfields this evening with a programme of seasonal splendour, including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and JS Bach’s marvellous Magnificat. They were kind enough to share some video footage with us, including some from a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria,…

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:…