“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

Biography

La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. Over the past ten years LNM has established itself as ‘one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field’ (BBC Radio 3). Our home is London and we are very pleased to have performed repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart in reputed festivals and houses across Europe, including La Seine Musicale Paris, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, and festivals across England.

Live performance is central to our work, and we mount approximately 10 projects across each season.  We are very privileged to perform regularly at St John’s Smith Square, London, where we focus on large scale repertoire including Haydn’s Creation or Handel’s Messiah; and at Wigmore Hall where we focus on concert performances of either 17th century repertoire, by Monteverdi, Cesti or Cavalli, or chamber music; and at the London Handel Festival we have now performed 8 of Handel’s Operas over as many years.

While we regularly perform works of well-known composers as mentioned above, it has always been a strong focus of ours to shed light on repertoire that has been languishing in libraries for the past 300 years. We are proud to have breathed life into many forgotten compositions, including Conti’s final opera Issipile, duet cantatas by Agostino Steffani, a British modern day première of Cesti’s buffo opera Orontea, motets by Alessandro Grandi and a new programme of dramatic arias and scenes by Tomaso Traetta.

While this core repertoire lies between 1600 – 1800 we have recently initiated a commissioning series to champion living composers to write new works to sit alongside our specialist repertoire. We have already worked closely with composers including Nico Muhly (Lichfield Festival and Wigmore Hall), Luke Styles (Foundling Museum London and Aldeburgh Music Suffolk), Anna Thorvaldsdottir, (Spitalfields Winter Festival London), Edmund Finnis (St John’s Smith Square) and Cassandra Miller (Wigmore Hall).

We have recorded extensively for harmonia mundi, with 2017 seeing the release of La Nuova Musica’s sixth disc for the label of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and JS Bach’s Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 to critical acclaim, ‘fiery, sumptuous singing’ The Guardian, and ‘Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead withstand comparison with the finest on disc’ The Sunday Times.

We are very excited to start a new relationship with the boutique label Pentatone who will be releasing our latest disc of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Iestyn Davies and Sophie Bevan singing the title roles. The release will be in October 2019.

LNM is well known for its vibrant and theatrical bent, which serves the music and drama of the Baroque as honestly as possible. We unconditionally share our music making with as wide an audience as possible, and it is only thanks to the talent, dedication and expertise of our wonderful instrumentalists, singers and soloists that our performances touch our audiences with an immediacy and honesty that is rarely felt in any other walk of life.

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“La Nuova Musica….as lively a collection of instrumentalists and singers as the world offers” – The Times

Our Mission

La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble performing works rooted in the Baroque and early Classical eras in a dramatic way that is as true as possible to the time in which the music was first written. Through its concerts, discovery of repertoire, collaborations, outreach work and CD recordings, LNM aims to advance at the highest standard the art of performance and to thrill with the drama of its performances which will spectacularly challenge and entertain audiences.