Baroquestock

Early music and home-made food.

What we do

It's an experience of early music with a difference. We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery of music hundreds of years old, some rarely hear and some vaguely familiar perhaps. But it’s all fresh, honest and on the edge of the possibilities. Every concert is carefully curated and carries a story of it’s own: musicians are hand-picked, as is the food menu for each concert…food plays a very important role!  We cook real home-made meals for all our musicians and we make it available our audiences as well. Our home is in an active church who are very much a part of the festival, and help us realise our feastival of early music and food. 

What's on the menu?


Friday 3rd May 7.30pm - Rameau's DARDANUS with French Crêpes

Jonathan Williams - Conductor

Dardanus - Ed Saklatvala
Iphise - Susan Jiwey
Antenor - Ashley Mercer
Teucer / Ismenor - Peter Brooke
Une Phyrigienne - Katy Thomson
Venus - Bea Acland

Our opening night is a special collaboration with OperaVera: a concert performance of Rameau’s rarely performed opera. Step back in time 280 years for a feast of Rameau’s orchestral colour and Greek mythology in a special concert performance of the work. Embrace the french style with crêpe-in-hand. (and yes, you’re allowed to bring crêpes into the church)

6.15pm - Doors Open
6.45pm - Crêpes served
7pm - Pre-Concert Talk with Dr.Alessandra Palidda
7.30pm - Concert performance of Dardanus

Tickets: £15

Saturday 4th May 7.30pm - Mozart's roadtrip to Paris + the Michael Haydn Requiem w/Maria’s Royal Tiramisu

Programme


W.A. Mozart - Sinfonia concertante K297b for oboe, clarinet, horn , bassoon and orchestra


M. Haydn - Little chamber surprise:)


M. Haydn - Requiem in C minor MH155
"missa pro defuncto archepiscopo sigismundo"
for soli, mixed chorus and orchestra


John Andrews - Conductor
IstanteColletive + Minerva Consort

Our first classical programme of the festival offers a two juicy masterpieces. We're delighted to welcome back the brilliant conductor John Andrews and also to have the Minerva Consort as our first choir to join us at Baroquestock.

Schedule


6.30pm - Doors Open

7pm - Focaccia Served & Pre-concert Talk with Dr.Alessandra Palidda

7.30pm - Concert



About

According to our 2019 theme - " fine lines" - we are trying to find a balance between Michael Haydn's humoristic-music-writing and his daughter's death; between Mozart's playfully wind writing (in the concertante Parisian "style") and the academic debate around the authenticity of this composition.

Michael Haydn’s Requiem was probably his biggest hit and it remained very popular after his death - Mozart definitely knew it and remembered it when he started composing his own Requiem. Michael officially composed it for the funeral of the archbishop of Salzburg in January 1772, however we have reason to believe it was inspired by the death of his own daughter a year earlier.

As is often the case with Michale Haydn, the orchestration is quite peculiar - there are no violas, but there are trumpets, trombones, timpani and continuo. There are nine movements and the soloists appear in seven of them, usually interspersed among the choral writing - which is extensive - according to the editor Charles Sherman, the “first product of Haydn's full maturity”.

We still don't know if Mozart ever wrote this Sinfonia Concertante. We have evidence to suggest he was in Paris in April 1778 and he was planning to write something for Le Gros' Concert Spirituales. At the same time four of Mozart's long-standing friends from Mannheim were in Paris (Wendling - flauto, Ramm - oboe, Ritter - Fagotto, Punto - corno)

The abscence of the manuscript has led scholars to rely on the score. The authenticity of this score has been disputed to the point that scholars considered it's credibility highly doubtful. In the score, the flute and oboe parts are replaced respectively by the oboe and the clarinet.

In a letter on the 1st May in 1778 Mozart wrote:
"Four days ago I gave the symphony to Le Gros, so he can give it to the copyist but I saw it always in the same place. The other day I didn't see it, I looked for it in between all the scores on the table and I found it that it was hidden...I mention to Le Gros about the symphony and he answered that he just forgot to have copied it. then I went to the concert where it was supposed to be performed, Ramm and Punto asked me, agitated, why the piece wasn't being played, and I had to say that I didn't know anything about it...I think that the problem is Cambini, an Italian master who is here and who, unintentionally, I overshadowed during our first encounter with Le Gros"

Finished off with a classic digestif-dessert from Michael’s mother. 

Soloists for Sinfonia Concertante:
Nicola Barbagli - Oboe
Emily Worthington - Clarinet
Dave Horwich - Horn
Inga Maria Klaucke - Bassoon

IstanteCollective
​V​iolins​ || ​Rachel Stroud​ || ​Ada Witczyk​ || ​Joanna Lawrence
Jenna Sherry​ || ​Salomé Rateau​ || ​Sophie Simpson
​Violas || Cecile Ross​ || ​Joanna Patrick
​C​ellos​ || ​Gavin Kibble​ || ​Kate Conway
​B​ass​ || ​Rosie Moon
​O​boes​ || ​Leo Duarte​ || ​Oonagh Lee
Horns​ ||​ Daniel de Souza​ || ​Anna Drysdale
​T​rumpets​ || ​Peter Mankarious​ || ​Chris Parsons

Minerva Consort

Susan Andrews, Mike Attwood, Alex Brett, Peter Brooke (solo), Sally Burlington, Tom Chippendale, Eleanor Franzén (solo), John Graham, Ethan Hockley-Webster, Andrew Horn, Rachel  Keeling, Thalie Knights (solo), Alex Pidgen (solo), Eleanor Rashid (solo), Christophe Rhodes, Isla Stanger (solo), David Toynbee

Sunday 5th May, 6pm - BeerBachFocaccia#1

Programme

Bach - Cantata BWV104
Zelenka - triosonata n.1 in F for 2 oboes, basson and continuo
(as part of our Zelenka Marathon at Baroquestock 2019 #1)
Telemann - Paris quartet
Lully - Suite from Phaeton

Patrick Ayrton - Conducting from harpsichord
 - IstanteCollective -

Sylvie Gallant || Soprano
Aurore Lacabe || Alto
David De Winter || Tenor
Peter Brooke || Bass


IstanteColletctive

Violins: Louise Ayrton || Salomé Rateau || Elise Dupont
Violas: Samoon Kennedy || Cecile Ross
cello: Kate Conway
gamba: Alice Trocellier
oboes: Nicola Barbagli || Bethan White
Basson: Inga Maria Klaucke
bass: John-Henry Baker
Theorbo: Sergio Bucheli


Come at 11am to hear Cantsata BWV 104 "You Shepherd of Israel, hear!" written specifically for the second Sunday after Easter, during the morning service. As every year Ewan King will host our band and offer this special service to Heath Street Baptist Church community.

Come back at 6pm, for some drinks, homemade delicious focaccia, and hear again Bach cantata in a concert version conducted by Patrick Ayrton who arranged also Telemann paris quartet in the programme.

Zelenka Marathon will also start! we aiming to perform all 6 Zelenka famous triosonatas across the week, the other dates will be 7th , 8th and 12th may - check the programme on our website!!

But...we can't resist finishing our first festival Sunday with Lully's dancing music performing a selection of airs (sung by Sylvie Gallant!) and dances form Paethon...you can't really miss one of the best chaconne ever written!


 

Tuesday 7th May, 1pm - The Zelenka Marathon Lunchtime Special

Zelenka Marathon # 2:

Sonata No.4 in G minor

No.3 in Bb major

No.6 in C minor


IstanteCollective


We invite you to catch at least two of Zelenka’s sonatas in this lunchtime concert special. This is part of the weekly lunchtime concert series which carries on almost every week throughout the year at the church. Free entry with retiring collection, no tickets necessary.

Wednesday 8th May, 7pm - Moving Soundworlds Feat.The Telling & Airborne Extended

Midweek Triple Special: Moving Soundworlds


The Telling
Airborne Extended
IstanteCollective

Schedule

6pm - Doors Open
6.30pm - Focaccia served!
7pm - The Telling 
8pm - Zelenka #3
8.30pm - Airborne Extended
 

Our mid-week concert features a triple-bill, including two groups playing music both far older and newer than our usual baroque/classical sound worlds:

THE TELLING

The Telling present Women Mystics at Twilight: the mesmerising music of medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen and haunting medieval music from England with poetry by local poet Sarah Law inspired by Hildegard and English mystics Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich (and her imagined conversation with Sufi mystic and poet Rumi).

Sarah Law || poet
Clare Norburn || soprano
Ariane Prussner || mezzo & medieval harp    

ZELENKA #3

Zelenka Marathon TrioSonata No.2 in Gminor
for 2 oboes, Bassoon & Continuo

Oboes || Nicola Barbagli || Leo Duarte
Bassoon || Inga Maria Klaucke
Harpsichord || Lucie Chabard
Violone || Jan Robert Zahourek

Airborne Extended

 Ensemble Airborne Extended join us from Austria where they are part of the prestigious Austrian NASOM program. They have commissioned several pieces which all retain at least one element of the western baroque/classical tradition, but explore different sound worlds of electro-acoustic contemporary music. Includes a world premier by Ioannis Papadopoulos. 

Elena Gabbrielli || Flutes
Sonja Leipold || Harpsichord/Keyboard
Caroline Mayrhofer Recorders/Paetzold || Tina Žerdin Harp

Special thanks to The Austrian Cultural Forum for their support of Airborne Extended

Thursday 9th May, 7.30pm - BaRock: Root & Routes of the North

“Stories mixed with the music insired by the folk traditions they had."

Going North:
Ensemble Freithoff
IstanteCollective

6.30pm - Doors Open
7pm - Food served!
7.30pm - Concert starts

In this double bill we explore the finer lines between the oral traditions of folk music and compositions attributed to particular composers. Musicians often travelled extensively, and in doing so picked up melodies and musical ideas from far and wide, yet publicised and sold their compositions on the basis that they were the rightful owners. 
 
Special guests Freithoff Ensemble join us from Norway to present baroque music which is certainly virtuosic and original, yet is very difficult to know where this came from exactly - perhaps it was Norwegian first, or Scandinavian first, or maybe it travelled up from somewhere else entirely…We continue with our resident ensemble exploring the fine line between the musical backgrounds of European travellers meeting the folk dance traditions which they encountered, using some of the original compositions as well as famous historical dance collections such as Playford, Vikers as well as Swedish dance. Featuring a wide range of instruments from Mandolin in Naples to Nickeharp in Sweden. 
 
Ensemble Freithoff:
Caroline Eidsten Dahl - Recorder
Christiane Eidsten Dahl - Violin
Kate Conway - Cello
Jadran Duncumb - Theorbo and guitar
 
IstanteFolkCollective:
Nicola Barbagli - accordion - recorders , oboe and arrangments
John-Henry Baker - double bass and percussion
Joanna Lawrence - violin
Gabi Maas - violin and Nickelharpe
Cherry Forbes- oboes, recorders
Andy Watss - bassoon, recorders
Richard Tuncliffe - Cello and Mandolin

Friday 10th May, from 6pm - The Big JACKET POTATO Ceilidh

IstanteFolkCollective

Our flagship ceilidh where everyone lets their hair down for a good old fashioned dance. Calling from the very excellent Alexis Bennett and ISTAnteFolk. Bring friends/family or come and make new ones. Be assured of a heartwarming Jacket Potatoes with the toppings you like best. Suitable for all ages. Jacket Potato included with ticket.

£5 Kids / £8  Concs / £10 Adults / £25 Family ticket

Saturday 11th May, 7.30pm - LittleThingsInOddShapes

- A subscription concert with IstanteCollective and friends -
featuring soloists Mr. Pawel Siwczak & Miss. Hilary Cronin
& composers W.A.Mozart, J&M.Haydn, L.Boccherini, J Davies

6.30pm - Doors Open

7pm - Focaccia Served & Pre-Concert Talk 

7.30pm - Concert Starts



ADVERTISMENT
The organisers of the ''Little Thing in Odd Shapes'' subscription series present an entertaining and varied programme of fashionable musicks for the patrons of the subscription series. The organisers have invited the most SPLENDID Soprano of international renown Miss HILARY CRONIN who will sing arias which are certain to be HIGHLY PLEASING to all gentlemen and ladies alike. The concert will also feature the reputedly MESMERISING soloist from POLAND - Mr. PAWEL SIWCZAK - who we are very fortunate to hear on his international tour. Other repertoire will include popular chamber music by Mr. Wolfgang A Mozart and Mr. Joseph Haydn, as well as some more EXOTIC music by Mr.Luigi Boccherini and some INNOVATIVE works Mr. Michael Haydn (younger brother of the afformentioned Mr. Joseph Haydn) There will also be the opportunity to hear musicks from the soon-to-be-released sonic records[on the new technological advance, the so-called COMPACT DISC] by the IstanteCollective. The evening will also feature some NEW VARIATIONS for a very familiar tune, by young and ambitious composer Mr. JOSEPH DAVIES which will be put to the test: Patrons will be asked for their vote in the interest of continuing a popular and favorable programme. There will be also for sale: special wild TONICS from our Baroquestock Apothecary, house ALES and exotic FOCACCIA from Italy. As is often the custom in our Baroquestock concerts, there will be a pre-concert talk by our Doctor of Music, Alessandra Palidda. 

This could have been 1779, but we are at Heath Street Baptist Church in 2019.


PROGRAMME

M.Haydn - Andante and Allegro from Sextet in G for oboe, viola, bassoon, 2 horns and violone
L.Boccherini - Allegro ma non presto from sextet in E flat for oboe, bassoon, horn, violin, viola and violone
J.Haydn - "Infelice Sventurata" for Soprano and Orchestra Hob.Xxivb:15
Aria di rosina (wirtten as insert for "I due supposti conti")

W.A.Mozart - "Nehmt Meinen Dank" K 383 concert aria for Soprano and Orchestra.
Beethoven - Allegro from trio op.87 (arranged for 3 violas)
W.A.Mozart. - Minuet form Violin Sonata E minor K.304
F.Schubert - An die Musik D.547
L.Boccherini - Allegro and Minuet from Sextuor in Bb for Oboe, Bassoon and String Quartet.
W.A.Mozart - Fortepiano Concerto in Eb K 271 "Jeunehomme"

J.Haydn / Joseph Davies - New and Old variations on a Birthday Theme.


IstanteCollective

Violins || Ellen Bundy || Claudia Norz || Christiane Eidsten Dahl || Salomé Rateau || Simone Pirri || Naomi Burrell
Violas || Elitsa Borisova Bogdanova || Emma Alter || Dan Shilladay
Cellos || Gavin Kibble || Kate Conway
Double Bass || John-Henry Baker
Flute || Eva Caballero
Oboes || Nicola Barbagli || Leo Duarte
Bassoon || Inga Maria Klaucke
Horns || Ursula Paludan Monberg || Dave Horwich

Fortepiano || Pawel Siwczak
Soprano || Hilary Cronin

Pre-Concert Talk || Dr. Alessandra Palidda


“Pawel Siwczak had us all gasping with amazement at his range and virtuosity – and stamina.” Planet Hugill

Sunday 12th May, 6pm - BachBeerFocaccia

Bach BWV 12 + Zelenka +Telemann + Thurlow + Zelenka
Chad Kelly - Directing from Harpsichord
IstanteCollective

5pm - Doors Open
5.30pm - The Focaccia is served!
6pm - Concert Starts

J,S,Bach - Cantata BWV 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen"
J.D.Zelenka - triosonata n.5 in f major for 2oboes , basson and continuo Zwv181
(this is part of Zelenka Marathon at Baroquestock 2019 #4)
G.Ph.Telemann - double recorder concerto in A minor
Jeremy Thurlow - "ladder of the escaping eye" (world premiere)
J.D.Zelenka - Hypocondrie a 7, ZWV187

Our final Concert for the 2019 baroquestock edition!
 
"THIS IS A FINE LINE” ...which generally means, don't cross it!
There are always fine lines, in friendship, work, love...also in music...but who decides where these fine lines are? A thought, an action, an idea, a behaviour, a temptation...when are we before and when are we after the LINE? Generally, the “common sense” or the cultural atmosphere rules the place where the line is. Sometimes is a limit, sometimes it's an aim to achieve, sometimes it's a moral compass.
 
But some good ideas might have been too far (or too close!) to the LINE and therefore have been forgotten along the way: some colour, some sensations, some feelings, some surprised faces!
 
Zelenka was probably a bit too much even for his contemporaries, the Nickelharpe was a dead instrument re-invented in modern times; Bach almost never left his homecountry and he certainly didn't imagine his music being so relevant and inclusive for people 300 years later.
 
Purcell probably died in pub, which was probably his most natural habitat and the same place where he might have heard an hornpipe or a jig played by an folk fiddle player, and then notated it in a scketch book...wrongly!
 
Funnily enough there was a tune, a french burrè, that another folk fiddler travelling from France to Germany played to Praetorius, who certainly didn't know anyone from Scotland...
 
Two brothers - one is the father of the Symphony, Quartets and Oratorios(Mr. J Haydn), the other one has an incredible taste for odd combination of instruments (Mr.M Haydn). Boccherini also had an appetite for 'strange' instrument combinations. The Haydns in Salzburg and Boccherini in Spain, but despite their common interests they have never met each other...
 
Was baroque music just performed in Paris, London, Rome and Dresden? It's seems reasonable to consider the people in the far north had some musical ideas too, and perhaps beautiful ones..
 
Do you think we can re-invent our standard definition of Early Music repertoire? Can we play a bit with it? Some contemporany composer might have good ideas on how our copies of original instruments could still live longer....

Chad Matthias Kelly || Director
Flauti D'echo || Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes
 

Soprano || Hilary Cronin
Alto || Daniel René Sagstuen Sæther
Tenor || David De Winter
Bass || Peter Brooke

ISTANTE COLLECTIVE:
Violins || Claudia Norz || Christiane Eidsten Dahl || Naomi Burrell || Ellen Bundy
Violas || Cecile Ross || Sam Kennedy
Cello || Kate Conway
Bass || John-Henry Baker
Oboes || Nicola Barbagli || Oonagh Lee
Bassoon || Inga Maria Klaucke

Home-Cooked Food at every concert || CAKES || Pre-Concert talks
Orchestra treasure hunt || Much more!

Festival Info & Tickets

 

   

Tickets

Single tickets for all events

  • From £10

Zelenka Pass

Three concert pass Bring this ticket to your first concert and you will recieve a Zelenka Pass where you can choose two more concerts

  • £25

Bach Pass

Access all concerts Bring this pass to your first concert and you will recieve a special pass for the other concerts

  • £65

Zelenka Marathon!

Six Triosonatas over Four concerts!


Sunday 5th May 6pm
BACHBeerFocaccia #1 concert
Sonata n.1 in F major

Buy tickets from £10


Tuesday 7th May 1pm
Zelenka Lunchtime Special!
Sonata n. 4 in G minor
Sonata n. 3 in Bflat Major (the only one for violin and oboe!)
Sonata n. 6 in C minor

(FREE ENTRY with retiring collection!)


Wednesday 8th May 7pm
Moving Soundworlds Feat.The Teling + Airborne Extended

Sonata.2 in G minor

Buy tickets from £10


Sunday 12th May 6pm
BachBeerFocaccia #2(Final Concert)
Sonata n.5 in F major

Buy tickets from £10


This is probably the most crazy project of our 2019 edition!
We are aiming to perform the whole set of 6 triosonatas for 2 oboes, bassoon and continuo ZWV181
Jan Dismas Zelenka was definitly a composer that liked to "live" and "compose" on a - fine line -....mad music? endless way of music wiritngs? technically unplayable?
The most common comments about Zelenka music are:

This guy doesn't know when to stop!

please come, get a piece of our homemade focaccia and tell us what you think !

The oboe and basson writing is pushed towards the extreme possibilities of those instruments...For this reason we have put together an amazing group of friends ready for the challenge, who will try to deliver this visionary music in the most light and powerful manner!


IstanteCollective

Oboes: Nicola Barbagli || Leo Duarte || Oonagh Lee
Joel Raymond || Bethan Withe || James Eastway
Bassoons: Inga Maria Klaucke || Giovanni Battista Graziadio
Violin: Mark Seow
Harpsichords: Satoko Doi-Luck || Lucie Chabard || Chad Matthias Kelly || Patrick Ayrton
Double Bass: John Henry Baker || Hannah J M Clarke || Jan Robert Zahourek || Giuseppe Ciraso-Calì
Theorbo: Sergio Bucheli


BUY A ZELENKA PASS to see the whole marathon - Possibly the most [musical] quavers you will ever buy with £25!

Otherwise tickets from £10 (online only!) or £12 on the door.
Note that 7th May concert is FREE ENTRY with retiring collection (all the income will be donated to our oboists for buying new reeds...!!:))

Istante Collective

We are a period-instrument collective and the house band for baroquestock.

We are musically open-minded, meaning we don’t restrict ourselves to one point in time or genre, but play music that we love and are curious about. We refer to these curiosities as little things in odd shapes.

When not performing with Istante, the ensemble’s individual members appear internationally with prestigious ensembles including the the English Baroque Soloists/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Concerto Italiano, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra.

Since forming in 2016, the ensemble has performed in a range of venues in the UK and abroad, including the Newbury Festival, St Stephen’s Festival of the Arts in London and Classica Aurora series in Arezzo (Italy), and was selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme in 2017.

Little Things in Odd Shapes

In our first two years as the IstanteCollective we have spent a significant amount of time exploring repertoire for unusual combinations of instruments by lesser-known composers, and our first CD is the result of that journey. The music we have chosen for this project is all related to the 18th-Century concept of the Divertimento, in the true Italian meaning of the word. This was still a time when this kind of composition was considered "inferior" to the opera or the symphony, but curiously, in the case of Michael Haydn and Boccherini, it seems to allow space for greater freedom in terms of structure, scoring, and mood. Here the Divertimento remains a "balanced" conversation beetwen elegant people; each passing tempest of love lasts no more than two bars and might continue to be experienced inwardly by one of the players while the others are already in the pub drinking! At the same time, this "safe"and "controlled" context allows space for some eccentric secrets and innovative ideas which unfortunately the Romantic era, sometimes, seems to have forgotten. Lightness, which doesn't mean meaningless, seems here to be the answer to most of the problems.

As far as we know, these will be the first historically informed commercial recordings of these pieces.

L. Boccherini: Quintet Op.55 n.6 G436 for oboe, 2 violins, viola and cello

L. Boccherini: Sextet Op. 42 n.2 G467 for violin, viola, violone, oboe, horn and bassoon

M. Haydn: Divertimento MH199 for violin, viola, violone, oboe, bassoon

M. Haydn: Divertimento MH518 for viola, violone, oboe, 2 horns and bassoon.

ISTANTEcollective on classical instruments:

Beatrice Scaldini, Christiane Eidsten-Dahl: violin

Elitsa Bogdanova, Jordan Bowron, Emma Alter: viola

Kate Conway: cello

John-Henry Baker: double bass

Nicola Barbagli: oboe

Hayley Pullen: bassoon

Ursula Paludan Monberg, David Horwich: natural horn

Sound engineer: John-Henry Baker

Producer: Joseph Davies

We are very excited that our CD will be published by Novantiqua Records as part of their "Tuscania" series.

 www.novantiqua.net

World Premieres!

At Baroquestock we are doing mainly 'early music', but we thought that our "old" instruments could also inspire modern composers - so we are glad to have three little world premieres spread around the festival week.

Wednesday 9th May - NeoHIP Triple Bill
feat. The Telling and Airborne Extended

As part of this concert Vienna based ensemble Airborne Extended will perform a new composition by Brazilian composer Ioannis Papadopulos.

Ioannis Papadopoulos



Born in São Paulo (Brazil), Ioannis Papadopoulos studied composition, Harmony and counterpoint at the new conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece) and graduated in 2001. In 2002 he moved to Cologne (Germany) where he took composition lessons with Steingrimur Rohloff and Vassos Nicolaou. Thereinafter he moved to Stuttgart in 2003 and entered at the "Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst" studying composition and music theory with Prof. Marco Stroppa. in 2005 Ioannis Papadopoulos studied composition, music theory and music pedagogics at the "Hochschule für Musik Hamburg" with Prof. Manfred Stahnke. During his studies he took part in various workshops and master-classes amongst others with Wolfgang Rihm, Philippe Manouri, Helmut Lachenmann, Mario Garuti, Kaija Saariaho und Adriana Hölszky,George Aperghis . Furthermore he holds a scholarship of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
 

At the "3RD WORKSHOP OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC", taking place in Thessaloniki in mai 2009, he won the first price with his composition for chamber ensemble (for septet) "Montage II".His Quintet piece "Montage I " was selected to be performed at the International Conference on Contemporary Music IC[CM] 2010 which took place in La Coruña. In 2015 his orchestral piece "Ios" was performed by the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Ulrich Windfuhr. He has received commissionsfor festivals like (Musica, NDR das neue werk, Hamburger Klangwerktage, Ensembliana,Brücken) performed by (Ensemble Intégrales, Ensemble 21, Ensemble DissonArt, Ensemble s21, Ensemble Neue Musik im Ostseeraum,Ensemble Reconsil) in different countries (Germany, Austria, Spain, England,France).


Saturday 11th May - Little Things in Odd Shapes:

A subscription concert with IstanteCollective


 Welsh composer Joseph Davies is preparing a musical surprise for the end of this concert - perhaps a variation on a birthday tune...but you'll need to come along to discover it!


Joseph Davies



Joseph Davies was born in Cardiff in 1987. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA. Commissions include Intricate Images for harpist Catrin Finch and cellist Steffan Morris, Echoes on poems by Hart Crane for baritone Jeremy Huw Williams premiered in New Orleans in 2015, and an orchestral song cycle The Shortest Day for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales setting specially written texts by former Archbishop of Canterbury and poet Dr Rowan Williams to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster in October 2016. He has also collaborated with singer-songwriter Meilyr Jones on his prize-winning album 2013 released in 2016 on Moshi Moshi and Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose for the Tate Britain in 2017, and with Baxter Dury on his album Prince of Tears released on Heavenly Recordings the same year. Also in 2017 his wind orchestra piece Anemoi was nominated for a BASCA British Composer Award and he was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize by the Welsh Music Guild. Joseph studied with Robert Saxton at Oxford and Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music. Previous collaborators have included CHROMA Ensemble, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble and the Esbjerg Ensemble (Denmark), and work for the Brighton Soundwaves festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival, Tête-à-Tête Opera and Size Zero Opera. He has been an LSO Soundhub Associate since 2017. Joseph has been a lecturer in composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 2013. His work is published by Chester Music. He lives in London.


Sunday 12th May - BachBeerFocaccia#2 


Flauti D'echo (Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes)
will premiere Jeremy Thurlow's

Ladder of the escaping eye for two recorders (2019) 

specifically written for them.


Formed by recorder players Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes, Flauti d’echo create repertoire for the recorder through their own arrangements of fifteenth-eighteenth century music and new commissions. Most regularly collaborating with Benedict Williams, the ensemble engages a variety of different instrumentalists on a project-to-project basis that allows them to communicate their wide range of repertoire to audiences in multiple performance settings. Flauti d’echo were participants of the BREMF Live! Scheme 2017-18 and won the Nancy Nuttal Early Music Prize for Chamber music in 2016. They are the ‘Take Note’ ensemble for Chiltern Arts Festival 2019. www.flautidecho.com

 

Conductors

Jonathan Williams


Friday 3rd May - Dardanus w/ crêpes



Jonathan Williams is a conductor, composer and musicologist. Equally at home performing live or in the studio, he has conducted such groups as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra, and his work at Abbey Road can be heard on NOVELLO and BAFTA award-winning soundtracks with sales of over 70 million copies. A former professor at GSMD, Jonathan teaches Orchestration at Oxford where he is the Director of College Music at St Hilda’s College.

In 2012 Jonathan founded The Rameau Project, a major multidisciplinary research project devoted to the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). He has subsequently given the première of his Bärenreiter edition of Rameau’s Anacréon (1754) with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, organised two Rameau conferences, made the first UK studio recording of a Rameau opera since 1980, given numerous radio broadcasts, organised dance workshops in the UK and Paris, and performed with eighteenth-century choreography Zaïs, Pigmalion and Anacréon at London’s South Bank, all with the OAE. Most recently, Jonathan has conducted fully staged productions of Les fêtes d’Hébé at the Opéra de Bastille and the Royal College of Music and Dardanus with English Touring Opera.


John Andrews


Saturday 4th May - Mozart's roadtrip to Paris + M.Haydn's Requiem w/Tiramisù



A ‘tremendous young conductor’ (The Observer)

John Andrews is Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor-in-Assocation with the English Symphony Orchestra, whom he conducts regularly at the English Music Festival. He has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts in 2018-19 include the 2018 International Composers Festival, the Bridgewater Hall with the Manchester Concert Orchestra, and the London Handel Festival with the Brook Street Band, the Malcolm Arnold Festival and Baroquestock.

‘One of our liveliest, most elegant and talented bel canto conductors’ (Opera Now)

His performances of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera, were praised for his ‘highly cultured, shapely and pressing direction… ’ whilst Bachtrack described his interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor as ‘faultless’. Recent credits include Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Young Artists of Garsington Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Rostock Volkstheater, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park. In 2018 and 2019 he returns to English Touring Opera for Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, and Il segreto di Susanna for Opera Holland Park.

‘Conductor John Andrews kept it racing along, finding the light, shade and sexiness of Mozart’s score – I’ve never heard an orchestra sound quite so hot-to-trot…’ (Birmingham Post)

John is currently making a series of world-premiere recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and The Brook Street Band for Dutton Epoch and EM-Records. The first of these – Sullivan’s Music for Macbeth and The Tempest – was named a Disc of the Year in The Sunday Times, described by Hugh Canning as ‘pure delight’. Future releases include Arne’s The Judgment of Paris, and Sullivan’s Haddon Hall and The Martyr of Antioch.

“…it is a pleasure to have this rarity so skilfully done. John Andrews shows himself once again the ideal Savoy conductor, directing with a light hand that conjures affectionate results from his BBC forces…” (Opera Magazine)

His gift for combining empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to directly and powerfully communicate his ideas, together with his passion for locating music in its social and historical context, brings dynamism and warmth to his interpretations of both rare and classic repertoire.


Patrick Aryton


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Patrick Ayrton divides his time between performance on a variety of keyboards and his work as a conductor. He studied organ and sacred music at the Vienna Academy where he was a pupil of Alfred Mitterhofer, Michael Radulescu and Erwin Ortner. Later, he moved to The Netherlands where he followed courses in harpsichord and chamber music under the guidance of Ton Koopman. He was a laureate of the Organ Competitions at Innsbruck in 1983 and Bruges in 1985. Patrick Ayrton currently teaches thorough-bass, chamber music and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He has been a tutor for the European Union Baroque Orchestra audition courses and has given masterclasses at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin School in Moscow, the Yonsei University of Seoul, the Latvian Academy in Riga and the Summer School of the Salzburg Mozarteum. Patrick Ayrton is the central figure in a documentary film based on “Tregian’s Ground”, a prize-winning novel by the Swiss writer Anne Cuneo. His association and collaboration with the Dutch conductor Arie van Beek has led him to develop his skills as a music director.

In recent years, he has received invitations to conduct orchestras of repute such as the Orchestra of the Auvergne, the Chamber Academy of Potsdam, the Dijon-Bourgogne Orchestra, the Pasdeloup Orchestra in Paris, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), the Symphony Orchestra of Cannes, the Latvian Radio Choir, the Chamber Orchestra of Munich or the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick Ayrton is also the founder of the Les Inventions, a period ensemble which explores uncharted 18th century repertoire, such as the works of Joseph Touchemoulin and Thomas Linley. Les Inventions work in close partnership with acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8. Patrick Ayrton is also known for his pre-concert talks and is a regular lecturer. From 2004 to 2016, he was artistic director of the Bach en Combrailles Festival in France. In the season 2016-17, he conducted the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in a cycle of 6 concerts featuring Baroque, Classical and Neo-Classical repertoire.


Chad Kelly


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Chad enjoys a rich and diverse career as a keyboard specialist and​ ​director, spanning genres from historically-informed performance and​ ​chamber music, to opera and musical theatre.

Increasingly in demand in the world of opera and theatre, he has been​ ​involved as a musical director, assistant and répétiteur for over thirt​yproductions in the past several years. He is currently on the music staff​ ​at the Bayerische Staatsoper, having previously held posts at English​ ​National Opera and the Royal Academy of Music. He was a Musical Director​ ​for the Olivier Award-nominated West End production of Farinelli and the​ ​King with Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies, as well as the Off West End​ ​award-winning production of The Blank Canvas, for King’s Head Opera. He​ ​has also been a musical director at The Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Theatre,​ ​Göttingen Handel Festival,​ ​the London Handel Festival, Vienna’s Resonanzen​ ​​​Festival and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he​ ​will return to conduct in 2019. Equally adept in the world of contemporary​ opera, recent highlights include working on the world-premiere of Thomas​ ​Adés' opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival, as well as​ ​workshopping a number of new operas commissioned by the Royal Opera House.

Chad is fast building a reputation as a formidable continuo player and as​ ​a director in the world of historically-informed performance. He has​ ​toured as a duo partner with​ ​performers such as Rachel Podger and Alison​ ​Balsom and built close working relationships with conductors such as​ ​Trevor Pinnock and John Eliot Gardiner. He acts as principal continuo​ ​player for the groups Solomon’s Knot and Opera Settecento and was a​​co-founder of Eloquenza, a period-instrument ensemble which enjoyed a busy​ ​performing schedule in the UK and abroad, combined with a residency at the​ ​historic church of St. Anne’s, Kew. As the Director of Music at St.​​Anne’s, Chad was responsible​ ​for three independent choirs, coordinating a​ ​successful weekly recital series, and overseeing the general musical life​ ​of the church.

Before leaving Chetham’s School of Music, Chad became a Licentiate of the​ ​Royal Schools of Music and a Fellow of the Royal College of organists. He​ ​went on to study​ ​music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was Organ​ ​Scholar. He graduated with Double First Class Honours as well as achieving​ ​the highest mark recorded in the​ ​University’s history in Practical​ ​Musicianship. From 2013-2017, Chad held the post of Lector in Music at​ ​Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was academic supervisor to the​ ​undergraduate students. Chad continued post-graduate studies at the Royal​ ​Academy of Music, London, where he was awarded the coveted DipRAM. In 2017​ ​he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in​ ​recognition of his significant contribution to the music profession.  


 

Singers

Bea Acland - Soprano


Friday 3rd May - Dardanus [Venus]


Beatrice Acland is an English soprano currently based in London. In July 2017 Beatrice graduated from the MA Opera performance course at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with merit. Previous to this Beatrice completed her Mmus Vocal performance degree from the same conservatoire and was awarded the EA Redman prize for excellence in interpretation. Beatrice is an alumnus of the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto.​

Recent operatic engagements include Micaëla and FrasquitaCarmen Rogue Opera, Donna Elivra (cover, performed) Don Giovanni British Youth Opera, Iris Semele Mid Wales Opera, Eight soprano roles (cover,performed) English Eccentrics British Youth Opera, Zhou Kommilitonen! The Welsh National Youth Opera conducted by Alice Farnham, Alice Ford Falstaff RWCMD conducted by Carlo Rizzi and Countess (cover, performed) Le Nozze di Figaro RWCMD. In November 2017 Beatrice performed alongside Sir Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans in the Liverpool Philharmonic's production of Falstaff under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. Highlights in opera scenes work include performing the role of Tatyana in Act 3 of Eugene Onegin with the Welsh National Opera orchestra and the role of Cecily in excerpts from Barry The Importance of Being Earnest in a joint project with RWCMD and Music Theatre Wales. Beatrice is looking forward to covering Donna Elvira in Longborough Festival Opera’s production of Don Giovanni later this year.​


Peter Brooke  - Baritone


Friday 3rd May - Dardanus [Teucer / Ismenor] || Sunday 5th May - BeerBachFocaccia#1 || Sunday 12th May - BeerBachFocaccia #2

Bass-Baritone Peter Brooke started out as a chorister at Warwick and went on to sing as a choral scholar at Cambridge. Peter now studies with Robert Dean and holds a position at the Guard's Chapel in Westminster.  He has worked with a number of opera companies including Grange Park Opera, Iford Arts, Dartington Festival Opera and Opéra de Baugé. Recent and forthcoming roles include Figaro, Leporello, Balstrode, Claggart, Marcello and Fasolt. Peter is also a busy consort and oratorio soloist in and around London. Recent performances include Handel’s ‘Jephtha’ and Brahms’ Requiem for Bath Choral Society and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ at St John, Smith’s Square to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.
For more details see www.peterbrookebaritone.co.uk

Hilary Cronin - Soprano


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Hilary Cronin is a London-based soprano. She read Music at Royal Holloway University of London where she was awarded the Driver Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary. Hilary then trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Hilary has appeared in many operatic productions, including covering roles for English Touring Opera in their 2016 Autumn season. More recently, Hilary played the lead in The Boatswain's Mate at Grimeborn with Spectra Ensemble, and the role of Grilletta in Haydn's Lo Speziale with Baroquestock Opera.

Hilary is an experienced ensemble singer and performs with the Monteverdi Choir, London Voices, St Martin's Voices, Erebus Ensemble, and Mogens Dahl Kammerkor. Hilary is in demand as an oratorio soloist and is a regular soprano at St Bartholomew-the-Great. Upcoming engagements include Benvenuto Cellini with the Monteverdi Choir and performances of Mass in Blue with the Will Todd Ensemble.


David De Winter - Tenor

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biography


Sylvie Gallant - Soprano


Sunday 5th May - BeerBachFocaccia#1

French-Canadian Soprano, Sylvie now lives in London. After a degree in music, Sylvie went on to study opera at McGill University in Montréal and on the English National Opera performance programme. Her classical singing career has since flourished alongside a lifelong love of physical theatre, clowning, theatre and modern dance.  As well as workshops with Complicité, Philippe Gaulier, Clod Ensemble and contemporary dance classes at the Laban Centre and The Place, Sylvie has been a member of Experience Vocal Dance Company.

Recent opera highlights include: Gretel in Hansel & Gretel (‘Lively, charming performance’ by Sylvie Gallant - Opera Magazine), Dido in Dido and Aeneas (‘Gallant’s voice lends her despairing queen a youthfulness but also a lightness that Purcell’s writing happily accommodates’ - New Statesman), Semele in Händel's Semele, Eurydice and Diana in Offenbach's Orfée aux Enfers, Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She has also performed L'enfant in L'enfant et les sortilèges and recently, Noémie (stepsister) in Massenet’s Cendrillon in France, conducted by Paul McGrath, and Junon in Orphée aux enfers and Ilia in Idomeneo at Opera de Baugé.

New opera: Mrs Purcell in Purcell: His Ground by David Knotts (Royal Opera House, Clore Studio), soprano in an installation at the Hayward Gallery and the protagonist Irina in the award-winning Two Caravans by Ace McCarron and Guy Harries, directed by Vincent van den Elshout. Recently, Sylvie worked in an Open Space residency in Aldeburgh with Hanbury & Groves. As an actor, roles include: Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest; the eponymous role in The Woman in Black (West End); physical theatre production of The Wind in the Willows; an all-female Ubu Roi (Courtyard Theatre). Sylvie has also been cast in several film and TV roles. 

In concert, as a soloist, staged versions of The Messiah and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Soloist for Orff's Carmina Burana in Amsterdam, Fauré’s Requiem and Bach's St Matthew Passion, and, this June, as the soloist in Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 and Dvorak's Mass in D in Paris. A keen recitalist, Sylvie has a vast repertoire of songs, mélodies and lieder. Currently: touring a Debussy recital; staged production of Schumann’s Liederkreis op.39. Sylvie also often performs for events, galas and ceremonies. ​

Sylvie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Opera in Space ('The Company is lithe, young and inventive.' - The Observer).


More Coming Soon...


Dardanus

Dardanus - Ed Saklatvala
Iphise - Susan Jiwey
Antenor - Ashley Mercer
Une Phyrigienne - Katy Thomson
 

Sunday 5th May - BeerBachFocaccia#1


Aurore Lacabe || Alto


Sunday 12th May - BeerBachFocaccia #2

Alto | Daniel René Sagstuen Sæther
Tenor | David De Winter
 

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