Tuesday 22 September 2020

New programming, new beginnings: the Gesualdo Six's London Sound Gallery

The strange situation this year has made a number of artists act proactively in terms of creating performances or rethinking the way that they interact with audiences. A new festival in response to the present crisis challenges young performers to explore new programming and to collaborate. The London Sound Gallery, a new festival created by the Gesualdo Six, artistic director Owain Park, will present six performances, live and on-line, from some of London's lively young talent. Live concerts take placed on 28 and 29 October 2020, and are to be streamed on Sundays from 25 October to 5 November.

Performers in the festival include  Fieri Consort in Monteverdi and Marenzio alongside contemporary pieces,  mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston and lutenist Toby Carr explore abandoned heroines in 17th century music (and there are plenty of those!), Ensemble Augelletti explore composers' habit of re-orchestrating music for different forms with pieces by Handel, Bach, Corelli, Graun, and Schop,  trumpeter Matilda Lloyd and pianist Martin Cousin perform Marcello, Sofia Gubaidulina, Brahms and Laurence Bitensky, and The Hermes Experiment in Emily Hall, Errollyn Wallen, Alex Mills, Anna Meredith and Peter Maxwell Davies, plus two new graphic scores by Anna Disley-Simpson and Jacob Fitzgerald, as well as the Gesualdo Six in a programme exploring modern settings of ancient texts including Kepler Motets by Tim Watts who is artist in residence at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. 

The festival's themes are new beginnings and reconciliation, and performances will see the Gesualdo Six collaborating with each artist as part of their programme. The new festival is very much a response to the current crisis, and the group intends it to offer a focal point for new programming and collaborative performances.

A limited number of tickets are available for the live performances on 28 and 29 September, and streaming starts on Sunday 25 October 2020 at 5pm, see the Gesualdo Six website for details.

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