“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 masterclasses 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.
“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)
In the right hand column is a taste of the exciting projects to come.