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…

Meet mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne

Mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne joins La Serenissima to kick off our Winter Festival with an evening of dramatic arias by Vivaldi in A Tale of Two Seasons. We spoke to Sally about her career as a singer and her tips for those wanting to pursue a career in performance. Before you were a singer, you were…

Who was Vivaldi?

On Friday 6 December, ensemble La Serenissima will be kicking off our Winter Festival with a energetic night of Vivaldi in A Tale of Two Seasons. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, discover one of the most revered composers to emerge from Italy. For those of you who are familiar, perhaps you’ll discover…

An Unexpected Journey

Prior to their performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in Vivaldi’s Angels at Christ Church Spitalfields, one of our Women sing East members reflected on the journey on which putting the work together has taken them. Working towards our performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria has been, for this member of Women sing East at least, a series of…

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,…

A Glorious Revelation

My first reaction was NO! No, No, No, NO, NO!!! even. I had been missing Women sing East all over the long summer break (three months) and although I had a vague notion we would be singing something very different this term – I hadn’t fully appreciated the fact that we would be singing Vivaldi’s…