2020 Festival

The 2020 Festival ran from 10-12 January 2020.

Friday 10 January 11.15am - 11.45am

LSO Discovery Relaxed Concert

LSO St Luke's

Specially tailored for people with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities, this concert features many of the same pieces as the lunchtime Discovery concert. Babies under 1 year old are welcome but please consider how children may affect the experience for other audience members and the performers. Contact celia.wynnewillson@lso.co.uk to find out more.


Friday 10 January 12.30pm - 1.15pm

LSO Discovery Free Friday Lunchtime Concert

Rachel Leach - presenter

LSO St Luke's

Join us as the LSO’s regular Friday lunchtime season of informal and informative concerts joins up with Baroque at the Edge to explore 20th century Russian responses to the baroque in chamber music by Bach, Stravinsky, Schnittke and Shostakovich. Presenter Rachel Leach will be on hand to explain, and there will be a chance to put your questions to her and the musicians. Contact rebecca.ranson@lso.co.uk to find out more.


Friday 10 January 7.30pm - 9.15pm

Francesco Tristano - piano

LSO St Luke's

Renowned for his eclectic tastes ranging from baroque to techno, experimental pianist and composer Francesco Tristano presents piano2.0, mixing acoustic and electronics in a unique sequence of Bach, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, Gibbons and his own compositions.


Francesco Tristano: Hello
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccatas Nos. 4, 9 & 8
Francesco Tristano: Nach Wasser noch Erde
Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No. 2
Francesco Tristano: Chaconne/Ground Bass
Orlando Gibbons: Pavan – Air – French Air – Ground – Italian Ground
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Fantasia in D minor
John Bull/Francesco Tristano: Galliard in D minor world premiere
Dietrich Buxtehude: Aria ‘La Capricciosa’
Francesco Tristano: Electric Mirror

‘Tristano doesn't stand still, he scatters himself generously across jazz, classical and techno ... always curious and alive.’

Berliner Zeitung

Saturday 11 January 1pm - 2pm

Mayah Kadish - violin

Saint James, Clerkenwell

The Italian-born violinist performs variations by Van Eyck, extensions and elaborations of madrigals by Monteverdi and Rore, a new work by Jocelyn Campbell, and tributes to Lead Belly (via Cassandra Miller and Kurt Cobain) and Fugazi.

Cipriano de Rore/Riccardo Rognoni  Ancor che col partire
Fugazi arr. Greg Saunier  Great Cop
Jacob Van Eyck  Variations on Daphne
Cassandra Miller  For Mira
Jocelyn Campbell  Loveeee  world premiere
Claudio Monteverdi  Cor mio, non mori? E mori!

Saturday 11 January 3pm - 3.45pm

Getting to know Galileo

Fiona Talkington
Clare Norburn
Oliver Webber

Gamelan Room, LSO St Luke's

Fiona Talkington talks to writer Clare Norburn and Oliver Webber, director of the Monteverdi String Band, about the making of this evening’s concert-play and the life and work of the great philosopher.

Saturday 11 January 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Jonathan Roozeman - cello
Lauri Porra - bass guitar

LSO St Luke's

Bach cello suites re-imagined, natural sounds of Finland, and the deep tones of bass guitar come together in this unique and atmospheric collaboration.

Saturday 11 January 7pm - 8.50pm


The Marian Consort Rory McCleery - director

The Monteverdi String Band Oliver Webber - director

Robin Soans - actor

Nicholas Renton - stage director

Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting - lighting design

LSO St Luke's

Another exciting and innovative concert-play from Clare Norburn to follow the successes at previous festivals of Breaking the Rules and Burying the Dead. As a scientist and philosopher, Galileo was the odd-one-out in a family of musicians. In this  exploration of his ideas, music by Monteverdi, Kapsberger and Galileo’s own father and brother acts as a trigger to memory,  transporting us back to his lectures and early experiments, and recalling matters of family, cosmology, and ultimately his  betrayal and trial for heresy.

Galileo music running order

‘Deftly put together ... stayed long in the mind.’

The Observer

Saturday 11 January 9.30pm - 10.30pm

Hille & Marthe Perl - electric viols

LSO St Luke's

German viol virtuoso Hille Perl and daughter Marthe bring new sounds and approaches to music ranging from Marais and Soler to Irish traditional to Poulenc and contemporary.

Born to be mild

The Four Elements
Music for two electric viols –  A mother-daughter project

Marthe Perl: Prelude Fire
Martha Bishop: Macquam
Trad. Irish arr. Hille Perl: Flag of Fire Irish Folk; Fire in the Mountain;
Hag by the Fire
Antonio Soler arr. Hille & Marthe Perl: Fandango
Marthe Perl: Prelude Water
Tobias Hume: Captain Humes Lamentations
Richard Sumarte: Lachrimae
John Dowland arr. Marthe Perl: Galliard to ‘Lachrimae’
Sainte-Colombe: La Vignon
Marthe Perl: Prelude Air
Marin Marais: Bourrasque; Le Jeu du Volant; Muzette
Anon c.1400: Saltarello
Marthe Perl: Prelude Earth
Paolo Pandolfo: A solo (Tombeau)
Francis Poulenc: Andante
Chris Dahlgren: Michael Straw & Justine Michel Farinel: Faronell‘s Division upon a Ground


‘As ever when Perl is involved, warmth and affection abound.’


Sunday 12 January 10am - 11.30am

Singing Workshop with Stile Antico and Woven Gold

LSO St Luke's

Before their Sunday-night concert ‘Songs of Longing and Exile’, Stile Antico and Woven Gold lead a singing workshop for all ages and abilities on music of longing, including works by John Dowland. Music-reading ability is not needed for this workshop.

Sunday 12 January 12.30pm - 2pm

Susanna - vocals, kalimba

Giovanna Pessi - baroque harp
Ida Løvli Hidle - accordion
Sarah-Jane Summers - fiddle, viola

LSO St Luke's

Henry Purcell, English traditional songs, Lou Reed, Joy Division and more meet in typically personal and powerful realisations by the inimitable Norwegian singer and creator of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.

‘Wondrous, haunting ...’

Uncut Magazine

Sunday 12 January 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Stile Antico

Woven Gold
Rihab Azar - oud

LSO St Luke's

Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble  Stile Antico are joined by oud-player Rihab Azar and Woven Gold, the London-based choir of refugees and asylum-seekers, to explore displacement and exile. Their concert includes John Dowland’s probing cycle of  seven pavans probing cycle of seven pavans, Lachrimae, with new texts from poet Peter Oswald based on the testimonies
of modern-day refugees and migrants, as well as Bodrum Beach, a piece composed for the project by Giles Swayne.

This project is supported by Arts Council England, Golsoncott Foundation, Leche Trust, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and Stile Antico Foundation

Farid al-Atrash: Lahn-ul Khulud (Melody of Immortality)
Robert White: Lamentations a 5 (Part 1)
George Frideric Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga
Khalid Mohammed Ali: Uyun Sharida (Escaped Eyes)
Trad. Arabic: Sultana Ghalban; Il Bulbul; Balini Balwa
Trad. Congolese: Elonga ezali
John Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae
Rihab Azar & Peter Wiegold: Love far away
John Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
John Dowland: Lachrimae Gementes
Classical Arabic Muwashah: Badat Mi-al Khidr (Seen through the veil)
John Dowland: Lachrimae Tristess
John Dowland: Lachrimae Coactae
Rihab Azar: Questions
Nedim Nalbantoğlu: Buselik Saz Semaisi (extract)
John Dowland: Lachrimae Amantis
John Dowland: Lachrimae Verae
Giles Swayne: Bodrum Beach
John Dowland: Now, o now, I needs must part

‘Singularly powerful results’

The Independent



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