LNM have just spent an enjoyable and successful week in Suffolk performing three very different programmes of music for Martin Randall Travel.
The first performance on the 13th May was our second performance this year of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and we welcomed back Dame Ann Murray, suitably majestic in the title role. Unlike our May performance at the Brighton Festival, we didn’t have our two dancers with us this time, but the music certainly spoke for itself in the intimate setting of the Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds. The Theatre Royal’s designer, William Wilkins (1778-1839), was an architect of national repute responsible for, amongst other buildings, the National Gallery in London and Downing College, Cambridge. He opened the Theatre on 11 October 1819.
On Tuesday we performed two performances of Blow’s Venus and Adonis in the beautiful National Trust property Melford Hall. Sophie Junker and Benjamin Appl sang the title roles.
Our final venue was the intimate Church of Holy Trinity in Long Melford for a programme of choral music including Schütz’ Musikalische Exequien and Henry Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary.
MRT had some wonderful feedback from the audience who attended the concerts during this very special musical holiday:
“I was bowled over by the talent of La Nuova Musica. Their light touch and lively performances were a delight.”
“John Blow’s Venus and Adonis was a wonderful surprise and excellently performed.”
“The Operas were the highlight for me – every single performer was first class.”
“Both La Nuova Musica and The Tallis Scholars are such specialist groups of unbelievably skilled performers, it was a privilege to be immersed in their interpretations and ensemble. Deeply moving performances, quite heavenly in all instances.”
“I loved the additional drama of the Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary.”
“Quite outstanding with no reservation. This was world class.”
We look forward to our next collaboration with Martin Randall Travel in Florence next March. LNM will be performing Handel’s Rodolfo as part of eight private concerts of music associated with the city performed in beautiful and appropriate historic buildings.
Rodolfo was Handel’s first opera written for performance in Italy.