Wednesday 27 January 2021

Live from London - Spring

Live from London - Spring
Voces8's Live from London festivals continue apace with Live from London - Spring launching on 13 February 2021. Running until 22 April 2021, the festival is offering ten concerts on-line, as well as three educational performances.

The series launches with a concert from Voces8 which includes Jonathan Dove's The Passing of the Year with the composer playing the piano [see my review of their live performance of the work from Kings Place last year]. To mark Lent, Stile Antico will be presenting a programme of Renaissance lamentations, whilst the Carducci Quartet will be travelling to America with works by Philip Glass and Dvorak plus Barber's Dover Beach with baritone Frederick Long. Other guests include Apollo5, Joanna Macgregor marking International Women's Day, Dame Emma Kirkby and friends in a programme for Mother's Day, and the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.

There are two larger-scale events, Voces8 joins the English Chamber Orchestra, soprano Andrea Haines, baritone Jonathan Pacey for Faure's Requiem conducted by Barnaby Smith on Good Friday, and Voces8 joins the Academy of Ancient Music (with Rachel Podger as guest leader) conducted by Barnaby Smith for Bach's Mass in B minor for Easter Day with soloists Carolyn Sampson, Helen Charlston, Iestyn Davies, Jeremy Budd and Matthew Brook.

The festival ends with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini in a programme which explores the 100th anniversary of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land in the context of the catastrophic upheavals of the First World War and the ‘Spanish Flu’.

Full details from the Live from London website.

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