Sunday, 21 December 2008
St. John's, Smith Square - situated in the heart of Westminster - is one of the masterpieces of the English Baroque, and a fine setting for our performances of Messiah with Polyphony on 21, 22 and 23 December.
"Just to come across it in that quiet square is an event. To enjoy its spaces, to listen to fine music, is an experience not to be matched in conventional halls..."
Sir Hugh Casson
Monday, 15 December 2008
Our next performance of Messiah with Polyphony takes place on Thursday evening under the Octagon in Ely Cathedral. I await some objective opinions, but the tour got off to a tremendous start in Norwich last night at the Theatre Royal: sold out! The new acoustic system there - which we first tried at our Night Music project in October - worked well with the chamber choir steeply raked behind the orchestra (for a fuller description of how this works, follow the links in On An Overgrown Path).
Next week's performances are at St John's Smith Square in London on 21, 22 and 23 December. Book here: not many tickets remaining, I gather.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Our concert in Poznan went pretty well last night, I gather: more news when the team get home. In the meantime, here's a short video on YouTube, with music by Vivaldi and Piazzolla, and some background from a Greenpeace staffer and our leader Jacqueline Shave.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Britten Sinfonia is off to Poznan this week for a concert at the UN Climate Change Conference. Presented in collaboration with Greenpeace, it features violinist Pekka Kuusisto in a programme which intersperses Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Astor Piazzolla's Seasons in Buenos Aires. The concert is free and takes place in Plac Wolnosci on Tuesday evening.