Listen: Couperin Leçons des ténèbres

Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres was a remarkable piece for its time. It combined the drama of the opera house with sacred devotional texts heard in church. Originally performed in a candlelit Parisian abbey, as the music unfolded, lights were gradually extinguished until darkness submerged the building. This summer Associate Artist La Nuova Musica share this mixture of the…

Playlist: Baroque Horn Concertos

Associate Artist and rising stars of early music La Nuova Musica are heading to East London this summer. In their final performance they’ll be joined by virtuoso horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, whose sensitivity and technical wizardry dazzled crowds during our Winter Festival 2013. So you don’t have to wait until June, we’ve put together a playlist of their…

In Video: Lawrence Zazzo

This is why you should come to Shoreditch Church on Friday… Renowned for his theatrical appearances in early opera, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo will be performing a rare recital with La Nuova Musica led by the charismatic David Bates. Hear Zazzo’s incredibly smooth voice in the videos below: And in full costume: Friday 13 December La…

In video: La Nuova Musica

Earlier this year, La Nuova Musica performed at the London Handel Festival. Led by young director David Bates, the ensemble played Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno featuring soloists Sam Furness, Christopher Lowrey, Augusta Hebbert and Hannah Sandison. Watch the documentary below including rehearsal footage and extracts from the performance to see behind…

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,…

Sounds: Winter Festival playlist

We’re into the second week of general booking and we’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response to the Winter Festival programme. This year will be our BIGGEST EVER Winter Festival and the programme is brimming with fun, festive events for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’ve got your tickets already or you’re still deciding what to come…

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…