“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


La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the music of the Baroque and early Classical period. Founded in 2007 by its Artistic Director David Bates, it takes its name from Le nuove musiche, a ground breaking early treatise by Giulio Caccini on the performance of monody (essentially a single vocal line, with accompaniment) which describes how singers can convey precise emotion through ornamentation. Placing drama and theatricality at the heart of its performances La Nuova Musica has rapidly established itself as ‘one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field’ (BBC Radio 3). La Nuova Musica performs at the pre-eminent Early Music venues and festivals, in Austria, Germany and Italy, and is a regular guest at Aldeburgh Music, Brighton Festival, London Handel Festival, St John’s Smith Square, Spitalfields Music and Wigmore Hall.

The ensemble has recorded extensively for harmonia mundi, and 2017 saw the release of La Nuova Musica’s sixth disc for the label of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and J.S. Bach’s cantatas BWV 54 & 170 to critical acclaim. The Guardian described it as ‘fiery, sumptuous singing’, with The Sunday Times stating ‘Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead withstand comparison with the finest on disc.’

Recent season highlights include a sell-out performance of Handel’s Orlando with Lawrence Zazzo at St John’s Smith Square, and an all-Monteverdi programme for Spitalfields Music. Future 2018 highlights include a programme of Bach Cantatas and Concertos with countertenor Tim Mead at Wigmore Hall.

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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.