Monday 10 October 2022

Named after a Spanish Baroque play, award-winning ensemble El Gran Teatro del Mundo to make its first UK tour

The Spanish ensemble El Gran Teatro del Mundo specializes in the performance of music from the 17th and 18th century. Named after the Baroque mystery play of the same name from 1655 by the Spanish poet Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the idea of single protagonists as representatives of the existential human conditions in the theatrum mundi also represents the aesthetic concept of the ensemble. Recent winners of the Diapason d’Or for their first album Die Lullisten, the ensemble won the Cambridge Early Music Prize at the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition in 2019. 

El Gran Teatro del Mundo is now about to embark on its first UK tour from 14 to 20 November 2022. Promoted by the National Centre for Early Music and supported by the Creative Europe EEEmerging+ programme and The Ministry of Culture of Spain through the (INAEM), The National Institute for Performing Arts and Music, the tour will take the ensemble to St John’s Smith Square, London (14/11/2022); Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton (15/11/2022); Cambridge Early Music (16/11/2022), Lakeside Arts, Nottingham (17/11/2022); St George’s Bristol (18/11/2022); National Centre for Early Music (20/11/2022)

For the tour, the six-piece ensemble (violin, recorders, oboe, cello, archlute, harpsichord) will celebrate the musical genius of Vivaldi, Telemann and Fasch in a programme entitled The Art of Conversation.

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