“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 was founded in 2007 by its artistic director David Bates and was swiftly hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field”. In addition to performances in Austria, Italy and Germany, they are regular contributors at Aldeburgh Music, St John’s Smith Square, London Handel Festival, Wigmore Hall and Spitalfields Music.
2016 saw the critically acclaimed release of their fifth disc for harmonia mundi of Couperin’s Leçons De Ténèbres with Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts. Concerts included Handel’s Berenice at the Göttingen Händel Festspiele, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Dame Ann Murray at both the Brighton Festival and St John’s Smith Square and made their debut at Salzburger Festspiel with counter tenor Bejun Mehta.
2017 includes concert performances of Handel’s Rodrigo at Teatro Niccoline in Florence where the opera received its first performance, and Handel’s Jeptha at MusicFest Perugia. They released a new CD of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Bach Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 which was described by the Guardian as “fiery, sumptuous singing.” On 2nd December they will take part in House of Monteverdi at Spitalfields Music Festival 2017 with soloists Ben Johnson and Katherine Manley.
Looking forward to 2018, our plans include Handel Orlando with Lawrence Zazzo and Gluck Orfeo with Iestyn Davies MBE at SJSS. (See discography)

“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.