Classic FM Feature David’s Top 5

Classic_FM_square_logoWe are thrilled to announce that Classic FM have interviewed David Bates for their website in the run up to our St John’s Smith Square Concert of Acis and Galatea on 2 November at 7.30pm. They asked him to choose his five, favourite early music choral pieces and here are his choices:

The 5 best pieces of early choral music – according to an expert

By Elizabeth Davis

“David Peter Bates is the founder and artistic director of La Nuova Musica , an ensemble that specialises in performing music from the Renaissanceand Baroque eras. So it’s fair to say that he knows his early choral onions……..”

Click HERE Read the full article on Classic FM’s website

Scenting The Musical Senses

4160TuesdayLa Nuova Musica are delighted to announce an exciting sensual collaboration with Sarah McCartney of 4160Tuesdays who will scent our performance of Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square on 2 November 2015.

Sarah has created three scents: Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus and shared with us the inspiration behind her creations:

“A few years ago I read about the way early music was scented and wanted to give it a try, bearing in mind that people’s exposure to smell has changed completely over the last 150 years.

In Handel’s time scents abounded – from animals, lack of public hygiene, both personal and civic, and from expensive perfumes used by wealthy individuals and establishments, including the church.

An opera would have been intensely scented, both accidentally and on purpose.
Posies drowned out the stench of the street; dried flowers and incense created a suitable atmosphere, the wealthy powdered their hair and clothes with costly iris root, and kept deterred fleas and moths with patchouli. [Read more…]

LNM To Return To Wigmore Hall In 2015/16

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Following its highly celebrated hall debut last season in Conti’s ‘L’Issipile’, LNM will return to Wigmore Hall in 2015/16 with two concerts.

On Nov 30, we  team up with one of the most celebrated countertenors of today, Bejun Mehta, in an aria programme of works by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel et al.On Dec 14, we will present Antonio Cesti’s 17th Century opera ‘Orontea, which we performed last summer at the Innsbrucker Festwochen. [Read more…]

LNM Announced As ‘Associate Artists’ With Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2015

LNM is very proud to return to the Spitalfields Festival this summer as Associated Artists, presenting Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ on June 4, Couperin’s ‘Leçons Des Ténèbres’ (with Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts) on June 8 and a programme of horn concertos and arias by Handel, Vivaldi and Foerster with BBC R3 New Generation Artist Alec Frank-Gemill and mezzo-soprano Julia Riley on June 12. To find out more about these dates and to book tickets click here

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And finally, here is an interview which our artistic director David Bates did with with Caiti Grove for Country and Town House Magazine

LNM To Launch St John’s Smith Square Concert Series

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La Nuova Musica is delighted to be joined by Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead for the first concert in their series at St. John’s Smith Square in 2015/16. This Stunning venue is a perfect backdrop for a concert that explores the sensuality, violence and drama of the sacred Baroque. [Read more…]

Wigmore Hall debut receives standing ovation

LNM recently had the honour of performing Francesco Bartolomeo Conti’s opera L’Issipile at Wigmore Hall. You can read the critical response to the concert here.

New film released

We’re delighted to present this short documentary about LNM, which was filmed during our rehearsals and performance of Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo at the London Handel Festival last year.