Handel – Quel fior che all’alba ride

David Bates accompanies Ali Ponsford-Hill and Amy Caroline Wood singing Handel’s “Quel fior che all’alba ride” – HWV 192. Handel went on to use the same tune in “His Yoke Is Easy”.

Come and hear our performance of Handel Messiah on Saturday 18th May 2019 at St John’s Smith Square for the London Festival of Baroque Music

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4 Star Review in the Telegraph for Alcina

Joanna Lumley narrates Alcina at St John’s Smith Square, pictured her with soprano Rebbecca Bottone
(Photo: Nick Rutter)

 

Thanks to Ivan Hewett who gave our sold-out performance of Handel Alcina a 4**** review in the Telegraph:

“Regular readers of my reviews may have noticed a degree of impatience in the matter of baroque opera. I apologise, but all its convoluted plots inhabited by psychologically implausible characters, all its adherence to a rigid code of hierarchy and formality, all its sheer prolixity, are deadening weights on the beauties of the music and can make a performance seem a long tedious grind rather than a delicious sensual pleasure.

So I was well disposed towards conductor David Bates’s decision to present a semi-staging of Handel’s Alcina that eliminated one pointless subsidiary character and replaced the harpsichord-accompanied recitative that drives the narrative forward with a spoken narration, written by June Chichester and declaimed with elegance, wit and panache by no less a personage than Joanna Lumley.

The success of this experiment was instant. Only the most pedantic of purists could object…..”

 

Read the full review

 

Joanna Lumley to narrate Alcina at SJSS

Star of stage and screen Joanna Lumley will lead LNM’s unique performance of Handel’s Alcina.

For the first time ever, Handel’s masterpiece will be presented with a specially commissioned English script by June Chichester. The magnificent Italian arias will be sung by a wonderful team of soloists lead by Lucy Crowe in the Title Role.  We are delighted to be working with Joanna Lumley and the prolific stage director, John Caird.

The concert is nearly sold out – there are just a few tickets left, so do follow this link to St John’s Smith Square website to snap up the final few seats.

Live From Wigmore Hall

Watch our concert of Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli and Nico Muhly recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London

David Bates and his Baroque ensemble bring together operatic extracts by Vivaldi and items from Handel’s very first oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (The Triumph of Beauty and Disillusion) alongside a concerto by the highly influential Corelli, and a London première of a new work by Nico Muhly.

Interval feature: David Bates in conversation with Lucy Crowe.

La Seine Musicale Film

Following our debut at La Seine Musicale, we’re “très, très excité” to be featured in a film about the 2018-2019 season which includes a short excerpt from our performance and also an interview with David Bates en français!

 

Insula Orchestra ouvre sa saison 2018-2019 sur une note baroque from Département des Hauts-de-Seine on Vimeo.

Reviews of Spitalfields Music Concert

House of Monteverdi

02/12/17

 

Tim Ashley for The Guardian 4****

“Under David Bates, La Nuova Musica played with admirable dexterity and tangible enjoyment, and the solo singing was often superb.”
read the full review……

Ivan Hewett for The Telegraph 4****

“The shouts of “War, war!” – “Guerra, Guerra!” – in his madrigal Or che’ Ciel e la terra, flung out by the singers of the Erebus Ensemble, backed up by the furious strumming of lutes and excited violin roulades from La Nuova Musica, made it clear Monteverdi thought war was rather exciting. As for the “amorous” madrigals, they seethed with erotic passion tinged with despair, a combination beautifully caught by soprano Katherine Manley in Si dolce’l tormento.”
read the full review……

Geoff Brown for The Times 3***

“These songs of love and war were punched out with fiery eloquence by the heavenly voices of Tom Williams’s Erebus Ensemble, the soloists Katherine Manley and Ben Johnson, and the instrumentalists of La Nuova Musica, directed by the scooping arms and encouraging grins of David Bates. Manley’s high-voltage soprano was an unstoppable force in Lamento della ninfa and the epic Il combattimento”
read the full review……

4 star Review in The Telegraph for House of Monteverdi

The Spitalfields Festival offers a lavish tribute to Claudio Monteverdi:

“The shouts of “War, war!” – “Guerra, Guerra!” – in his madrigal Or che’ Ciel e la terra, flung out by the singers of the Erebus Ensemble, backed up by the furious strumming of lutes and excited violin roulades from La Nuova Musica, made it clear Monteverdi thought war was rather exciting. As for the “amorous” madrigals, they seethed with erotic passion tinged with despair, a combination beautifully caught by soprano Katherine Manley in Si dolce’l tormento”

……read the full review

SJSS Mozart Review

“Crowe’s own movements continued the perfection: the ‘Kyrie’ was appropriately plaintive, with the chest-voice in full-on velvet mode, and her liquid delivery of ‘Et incarnatus’ (whose flute, oboe and bassoon obbligato lines were delivered with perfect synergy and sensitivity, the baroque instruments making an unusual and enjoyable change in timbre) was very special indeed.”

Mary Bevan Sings Laudamus Te

Listen to Mary Bevan singing Laudamus Te (Mozart Mass in C Minor) during the rehearsal for our recent concert at St John’s Smith Square.

This video was first shared on Classic FM.

Monteverdi Concert At Spitalfields In December 2017

2nd December 2017 @ 17:00

We are delighted to announce that we are taking part in Spitalfields House of Monteverdi Marathon with Erebus Ensemble. The highlight will be the operatic Scena, Il Combattimento to be sung by Ben Johnson.
The venue is St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London

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