La Nuova MusicaBiography

“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.

David Bates, directorBiography

“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 Breakthough 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 and was opened 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 super arists, including Lawrence Zazzo, Robert Murray, Sophie Junker, Lucy Crowe, John Mark Ainsley and Tim Mead. (See discography) Here below is a taste of our recent programmes and some of the exciting projects to come:

2013 Highlights

January
Bach Unwrapped – Bach Cantatas
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
King’s Place

March
Bach – Johannespassion
St George’s, Bristol
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Augusta Hebbert, Hannah Sandison, Sam Furness, Christopher Lowrey
London Handel Festival
St George’s Hannover Square, London
Odes and Anthems Blow, Purcell and Britten
Aldeburgh Music
Snape, Maltings

October
Bach – Motetten
Schütz – Kleine Geistliches Konzerte
Cambridge Early Music Series,
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

December
A Royal Trio – arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini
Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)
Spitalfields Music, Winter Festival
Shoreditch Church, London

2014 Highlights

January
Conti – L’Issipile
Wigmore Hall debut concert

March
Recital of sacred works by Handel Porpora, and Locatelli
Tim Mead (vountertenor), Bojan Cicic (violin)
London Handel Festival
St George’s Hannover Square, London

April
Bach – Johannespassion
Musica Sagra Umbria, Italy
Basilica di San Pietro, Perugia

August
Cesti – Orontea
Innsbrucker Festwochen, Austria
Theologisches Fakulät, Innsbruck

2015 Planned Concerts

20 March
Pergolesi – Stabat Mater
Lucy Crowe Soprano, Tim Mead Countertenor
St John’s Smith Square, London

8 May
Carisissimi – Jephte
Cambridge Early Music Series,
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

2 June
Handel – Israel in Egypt – a version similar to the 1758 edition
Salisbury Festival
Salisbury Cathedral

4-12 June
Associate Artists’ programme for Spitalfields Music Summer Festival
Repertoire will be announced in the New Year

24 July
A Royal Trio – Arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini
Lawrence Zazzo countertenor
Festival de Beaune, France
Venue TBC

1-7 August
Francesco Conti – L’Issipile
Lucy Crowe, John Mark Ainsley, Lawrence Zazzo, Tim Mead, Rebecca Bottone
Recording sessions – harmonina mundi USA
Venue TBC

October dates TBC
Couperin – Leçons de Tenebres
Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts Sopranos
Recording sessions – Harmonia mundi USA
Venue TBC

2 November
Handel – Acis and Galatea – Cannon’s version
Ed Lyon, Mary Bevan, Christopher Purves
St John’s Smith Square, London

15 December
Cesti – L’Orontea
Anna Stephanie, Jonathan McGovern, Mary Bevan, Michal Czerniawski, Sam Furness, Anat Edri, Christopher Turner, Callum Thorpe, Tim Dickinson
Wigmore Hall, London