La Nuova Musica

Mission

“La Nuova Musica… as lively a collection of instrumentalists and singers as the world offers” The Times, March 2012

La Nuova Musica is a Baroque ensemble based in London, whose chief desire is to bring the highest standard of musical performance of 17th and 18th century repertoire for the benefit of as wide an audience as possible.

Far from being dead and remote, the music and texts of the Baroque help us in the 21st century to ponder the concerns of human nature in an emotionally truthful way. Coming to us from an age before technical means of communication and enhancement of sound were available, the music’s impact is colourful, sophisticated and visceral.

The energy that the Baroque demands of its performers, is LNM’s most potent tool in striving to move audiences. LNM’s repertoire reflects the chief forms of the period – opera and choral. LNM’s work covers concerts, performance of opera, (either fully or semi-staged), and recording projects in collaboration with the world’s foremost ‘period performance practice’ recording company – harmonia mundi USA. LNM often hosts pre and post concert conversations with our audiences, open rehearsals, and mounts master classes with established opera singers and work with recent graduates from Music Conservatories all over Europe.

We call upon the finest international operatic singers, instrumentalists, and choral singers, with a particular desire to pit experienced musicians along side the latest generation of musicians. Both parties learn from each other and create an electric atmosphere in the rehearsal room. This energy always translates to the concert platform, creating performances of real depth, detail and vivacity.

La Nuova Musica

Biography

“Thanks to the inspired direction of David Bates, this was to be music-making of an undogmatic, long-pondered intelligence, generously yet undistractingly ornamented, and with the small band minutely sensitive to its interplay with the human voice.” The Times, December 2011

La Nuova Musica was founded by its artistic director David Bates in 2007, and has since shot to prominence in England, hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field” and received the classical category nomination at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts/The Times Breakthrough Awards.

LNM’s journey started with a hand-picked group of singers and instrumentalists on a residency at Snape Maltings, hosted by Aldeburgh Music. Away from the quotidian demands thrust upon 21st Century musicians we immersed ourselves in Monteverdi’s 1610, Vespere della Beata Vergine. There, the world of Baroque freedom, expressivity and interpretative potential was opened up to us, we haven’t turned back since! We have returned year after year to Aldeburgh Music, London Handel Festival and Spitalfields Music offering a wide range of repertoire spanning nearly 200 years. In 2012 LNM signed with the premiere-period-performance-practice label; harmonia mundi USA, agreeing to make 5 discs spanning the following 4 years. Our discs have allowed us to reach an international audience, indeed to work with some reputed artists including Lawrence Zazzo, Robert Murray, Sophie Junker, Lucy Crowe, John Mark Ainsley and Tim Mead. (See discography)

Click HERE for a taste of our recent programmes and some of the exciting projects to come:

 

Director – David Bates

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, David Bates initially embarked on a professional singing career. Inspired by his work with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mark Minkowski, Andrea Marcon and Nicholas McGegan, and driven by a desire to articulate his own musical vision, he founded La Nuova Musica in 2007.

Praise for David Bates’ artistic vision and direction has been unanimous. He has been hailed as “energetic yet sensitive” (Music International), a “brilliant young music master” (Eastern Daily Press), and described as “breathing life, meaning and shape into every phrase” (The Times). In 2012, he was nominated for Sky Arts/The Times Breakthrough Award. He records exclusively for harmonia mundi USA. His latest release, A Royal Trio, with countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, was awarded ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the November 2014 issue of ‘Gramophone’ magazine.

Last summer, David Bates made his guest conducting and US debut at Cincinnati Opera in a critically acclaimed production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. For the Young Artists programme at the 2014 Innsbrucker Festwochen, Austria, he conducted a production of Francesco Cesti’s L’Orontea. In France, he has worked as Chef de Choer and musical assistant to Emmanuelle Haïm, at Opera de Paris, Opera de Rouen, Lille and Versailles, as well as for Choeur Accentus. He will conduct the choir on tour in France next year.

With La Nuova Musica David Bates has presented operatic and concert repertoire throughout the UK, including Monteverdi’s Vespere della Beata Vergine 1610, L’Orfeo, Handel’s Apollo e Dafne, Serses, Il Trionfo del tempo e del Disinganno, Messiah, Acis and Galatea, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, motets by Bach and Conti’s L’Issipile.

In 2015 he and LNM will be Associate Artists for the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, presenting Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Couperin’s Leçons de tenebres with Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts, and Baroque horn concertos with BBC New Generation Artist Alec Frank-Gemill.

Other projects this year include concerts at the Festival de Beaune and Sagra Musicale Umbria, Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square as part of a LNM series, recordings for harmonia mundi USA and an aria programme with countertenor Bejun Mehta at Wigmore Hall, where he and LNM will also embark on a 17th Century Opera series in December, starting with L’Orontea.