Friday, January 15, 2021


15 January 2021

Baroque at the Edge is a festival, founded by my friend Lindsay Kemp, which invites leading musicians from all genres to take the music of the Baroque and see where it leads them. This year, unsurprisingly, the festival has moved online, presenting a series of streamed concerts, talks and interactive Zoom discussions, which are running throughout January: you can still buy tickets to watch the recordings until 31 March 2021. I really enjoyed FolkBaroque – a concert recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London, featuring the ensemble La Nuova Musica, directed by David Bates, joined by the soprano Lucy Crowe and the folk fiddler Tom Moore, which explored the links between folk and baroque music. The programme contrasted and combined classical and folk music, from a similar historical era. It was particularly interesting to compare the different violin techniques demonstrated by Tom Moore and the ensemble’s violinist Thomas Gould. It was a delicate, clean, precise  performance, beautifully filmed without an audience in the cavernous space of St Luke’s. Alongside well-known traditional tunes including ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘If I were a black bird’ it was great to discover some unfamiliar repertoire. I really liked the ‘Ciaccona’ by Antonio Bertali – a piece for virtuoso violin which predates JS Bach’s famous ‘Chaconne’ by 50 years. But I thought the standout performance was the singer Lucy Crowe whose amazing voice and clarity of diction were brilliantly displayed in this online performance. See:

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