2019 Festival

The 2019 Festival ran from 4-6 January 2019.

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Friday 4 January

David Greilsammer - piano and prepared piano

LSO St Luke's
7.30pm - 9.15pm

Tickets: £25 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)


For health reasons, Gabriela Montero is no longer able to appear in this concert. We are grateful to David Greilsammer for agreeing to step in at short notice.

The ever-imaginative Israeli pianist brings together for us two composers who in their own ways were most definitely ‘at the edge’: the baroque keyboard magician that was Domenico Scarlatti, and the 20th-century innovator John Cage, whose brilliantly conceived sonatas for a piano with nuts, bolts and rubbers placed between the strings, create a wondrous new soundworld for the instrument.

‘Italian baroque and New York avant-garde face up to one another like lion and tamer, with fascinating results.’

The Guardian

Saturday 5 January

Elicia Silverstein - violin

Saint James, Clerkenwell
1pm - 2pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

The exciting young American violinist, admired for her bold and impassioned playing, explores the unexpected but deep and beautiful connections between baroque and contemporary in works by JS Bach, Heinrich Biber, Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino.

‘The Dreams & Fables I Fashion’

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonata No. 1 in G minor

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Passagalia ‘Guardian Angel’

Salvatore Sciarrino – Caprice No. 2

Antonio Maria Montanari – Giga senza basso (from ‘Dresden’ Sonata in D minor)

Luciano Berio – Sequenza VIII

Johann Sebastian Bach – ‘Ciaccona’ from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004)

Saturday 5 January

Bach Walks

LSO St Luke's
3pm - 3.45pm

Tickets: Free ticketed event

In 1705 the 20-year-old Bach walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck to meet his hero Buxtehude. Fiona Talkington talks to presenter/writer Horatio Clare and producer Lindsay Kemp about Horatio’s new book on the making of BBC Radio 3’s recent re-imagining of that journey.

Saturday 5 January

Liam Byrne - viola da gamba and electronics

LSO St Luke's
4.30pm - 5.30pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

From sound installations at the V & A to appearing with Damon Albarn on Later with Jools Holland, Liam is one of the leading experimental acoustic/electronic forces in early music today. Expect anything, anyhow, from Marais to Muhly.

‘Stylish and expressive, nuanced virtuosity.’

The Times

Saturday 5 January


Niall Ashdown - actor
Thomas Guthrie - director
Emily Owen and Jenni Harper - sopranos
Satoko Doi-Luck - harpsichord
Kate Conway - viola da gamba
Toby Carr - theorbo

LSO St Luke's
7pm - 8.50pm

Tickets: £25 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

Written specially for the London-based baroque ensemble Ceruleo, Clare Norburn’s latest concert-drama takes us back to 1695 and inside the fevered mind of English music’s great genius Henry Purcell as he lies dying. Dream-like memories of the Plague, the Fire of London, family life and the vibrant Restoration stage merge seamlessly with his exquisite vocal and instrumental music.

Saturday 5 January

Nora Fischer - singer
Mike Fentross - theorbo

LSO St Luke's
9.30pm - 10.30pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

Nora Fischer and Mike Fentross delve into the music of the early baroque, sculpting intimate duets from this treasure trove of vocal expression. Whether originally composed for full orchestra, for a small group of singers, or for male or female characters, the music is subtly reinterpreted in ways that are sensitive, imaginative and daring, born out of the musicians’ strong creative  affinity and distinct musical style.

Henry Purcell – Ye gentle spirits of the air

Jacopo Peri – Lungi dal vostro lume

Henry Purcell – Music for a while

Barbara Strozzi – Lagrime mie

Claudio Monteverdi – Vi ricorda o boschi ombrosi

Claudio Monteverdi – Possente spirto

Stefano Landi – Augellin

Claudio Monteverdi – Oblivion soave

‘Nora Fischer is representative of a new approach ... crossing thresholds, and a repertoire choice without borders.’

Het Parool

Sunday 6 January

Family Folksinging Workshop

LSO St Luke's
10am - 11.30am

Tickets: £10 (£5 under 18s)

Join singer and choir director Sally Davies – known for her work with the Cecil Sharp House Choir and the Wing-it Singers – for an inspiring English folksong workshop. True to the folk tradition of family singing, she will be joined by her daughter Holly Cullen Davies, and together they will have you singing the kinds of songs Purcell would have known in rousing two-part harmony.

Suitable for all adults and children 12+. No music-reading ability required.

‘Positive group experience, life-enhancing’

Participant response

Sunday 6 January

Dipper Malkin
with Nick Hennessy storyteller

LSO St Luke's
12.30pm - 2pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

The unique combination of John Dipper’s 14-string viola d’amore, Dave Malkin’s finely honed guitar and remarkable vocals, and storyteller Nick Hennessy’s passion for reinventing tradition visits the places where the sophistication of Purcell meets the soul of English folk.

‘Distinctively English, albeit with an exotic twist ... that little bit different from anything else out there.’

Living Tradition Magazine

LSO St Luke’s


8 to 10 January 2021


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