Archives for October 2015

Classic FM Feature David’s Top 5

Classic_FM_square_logoWe are thrilled to announce that Classic FM have interviewed David Bates for their website in the run up to our St John’s Smith Square Concert of Acis and Galatea on 2 November at 7.30pm. They asked him to choose his five, favourite early music choral pieces and here are his choices:

The 5 best pieces of early choral music – according to an expert

By Elizabeth Davis

“David Peter Bates is the founder and artistic director of La Nuova Musica , an ensemble that specialises in performing music from the Renaissanceand Baroque eras. So it’s fair to say that he knows his early choral onions……..”

Click HERE Read the full article on Classic FM’s website

A link to David Bates’ Diary

Here is a link to David’s personal website as a conductor and particularly his diary of appearances around the globe.

Scenting The Musical Senses

4160TuesdayLa Nuova Musica are delighted to announce an exciting sensual collaboration with Sarah McCartney of 4160Tuesdays who will scent our performance of Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square on 2 November 2015.

Sarah has created three scents: Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus and shared with us the inspiration behind her creations:

“A few years ago I read about the way early music was scented and wanted to give it a try, bearing in mind that people’s exposure to smell has changed completely over the last 150 years.

In Handel’s time scents abounded – from animals, lack of public hygiene, both personal and civic, and from expensive perfumes used by wealthy individuals and establishments, including the church.

An opera would have been intensely scented, both accidentally and on purpose.
Posies drowned out the stench of the street; dried flowers and incense created a suitable atmosphere, the wealthy powdered their hair and clothes with costly iris root, and kept deterred fleas and moths with patchouli. [Read more…]