Upcoming Concerts in 2019

 

 

St John’s Smith Square
Part of London Baroque Festival

Handel Messiah

 

 

“The music of Handel and the eternal story of Messiah never fails to move me. Whether you are a believer or not, Handel’s dramatic ‘wunsch’ is so compelling, you can’t help but be moved by the quality of arias and choruses. He was a master of contrast and it’s this contrast that sets up a fierce theatrical tension in Messiah.

For our performance, we have assembled a wonderful team of soloists whose poetic power and vocal brilliance will present the arias with grace and virtuosity, alongside our small but crack orchestra of the finest Baroque musicians London can offer.

The quartet of soloists will also sing along side our expert choir, so that we can hear a personal interpretation of the solo choral lines often full of coloratura. This will save the power of the tutti choir for specific moments, accentuating their dramatic rasion d’etre. This conceit is rooted in the late 17th century performance practice of church music in Germany, something that Handel would certainly have grown up with (look at the works of Schutz and Buxtehude, for example).

I hope that with all the varying performance traditions that exist across the world, LNM’s reading of Messiah really gets to the emotional heart of this most loved oratorio – alternating personal and public expression, all serving Handel’s dramatic genius.”

David Bates

 


 

Thursday 6th June 2019

A Private Recital

Monteverdi’s Divas
A recital of solos and scenes by Moneteverdi, Rossi, Strozzi, Cavalli, and Cesti for solo soprano

Mary Bevan Soprano
 

 


 

Thursday 27th June 2019, 7.30pm

Wigmore Hall

Rediscovering Tomaso Traetta
Arias by Tomaso Traetta
Haydn Symphony 6 Le Matin
Mozart Symphony 1

Christine Rice Mezzo Soprano
 

 

 

The little known Neapolitan composer Tomaso Traetta contributed hugely to the development of not only opera seria, but also to the expansion of the orchestra. He was much influenced by Gluck and Rameau, and the arias chosen from 4 different operas (not heard since the 18th century) harmonize the lyrics with virtuosic music. We are delighted to welcome the exceptional British Mezzo Soprano, Christine Rice to LNM for the first time.

David Bates


Sunday 7th July 2019, 7.30pm

Festival de Beaune, France
International Opera Baroque & Romantique
Hospices salle des povre

The Royal Trio

Arias by Handel, Bononcini and Ariosti written for the First Royal Academy of Music, London

Lawrence Zazzo Countertenor

Booking Opening Soon

 

In 2015 we performed and recorded a programme of wonderful arias by Handel, Bononcini and Ariosti with the dramatic countertenor, Lawrence Zazzo. We are delight to make our Beaune Festival, France debut with this same programme. Lawrence is a wonderful friend to LNM, and I can’t wait to revisit this thrilling programme with him – especially following our hugely successful performance of Handel’s Orlando last year.

David Bates