2021 Festival

The 2021 Festival ran from 7-10 January 2021.

Thursday 7 January

The Clerkenwell Ballad Walk

Vivien Ellis - folksinger
Dafydd Wyn Phillips - historian


4pm

Tickets: £5

Live Zoom Workshop with Q & A
Learn more about the streets and open spaces surrounding our venue, LSO St Luke’s, and learn to sing some of the popular ballads reflecting Clerkenwell’s colourful history.

Friday 8 January

Synthesizer Demonstration:
Truly, Madly, Moogly

Art of Moog


4pm

Tickets: £5

Live Zoom Event with Q & A

A practical showing of the immense capabilities of the synthesizer, the electronic instrument synonymous with ‘80s pop and famous in the 1960s for its role in ‘Switched on Bach’.

‘Fine musicians … practiced in the subtle arts of the baroque … unleashed on the most up-to-date technological musical instruments. I was in bliss.’

Gscene

Friday 8 January

Danse Éternelle

Sean Shibe - guitar, lute


7.30pm

Tickets: £10

The stylish virtuoso of the classical guitar mixes dance-based compositions by 20th-century French figures such as Ravel and Poulenc with real dance tunes from the 1600s, played on the guitar’s ancestor, the lute.

‘[Sean Shibe] is an artist blessed with grace to spare, and a roar that is fearsome.’

BBC Music Magazine

Saturday 9 January

Young Artists Showcase

Eliza Haskins - recorder
Toril Azzalini-Machecler - percussion


1pm

Tickets: £10

Two alumni of the 2020 BBC Young Musician competition join forces to explore music from the past and present, ranging from 17th-century Holland to some of their own arrangements and personal re-imaginings.

Saturday 9 January

Illustrated talk and demonstration: Baroque Music as Speech

Rachel Podger


4pm

Tickets: £5

Live Zoom Event with Q & A

Join us live as Rachel (and her violin) explains how baroque composers used the ancient techniques of classical rhetoric to make their music talk.

‘[Rachel Podger] … intoxicating combination of power and grace’

Toronto Star

Saturday 9 January

Conversations in Concert

Rachel Podger - violin
Abena-Essah Bediako - performance poet
Isaiah Hull - performance poet
Thomas Guthrie - director


7.30pm

Tickets: £10

Two of the UK’s outstanding young performance poets present brand-new poems they have written specially for this concert in response to music by Bach, Biber and Telemann played by of one of the world’s best-loved violinists.

We regret that, owing to the illness of one of the participants, we were not able to record this concert in LSO St Luke’s on the original date as planned.

Despite our best efforts, it has not been possible amid the increasing Covid restrictions to bring Abena-Essah Bediako, Isaiah Hull and Rachel Podger together again in the same place to record, though we hope this may yet be possible at a later date.

We still wanted to bring you something of the project, however, so have asked director Thomas Guthrie to produce this film presenting Rachel playing in LSO St Luke’s, and Abena reciting the three poems she had written specially for this concert in response to Rachel’s performances.

Following that, you will hear some bonus performances by Rachel.

Saturday 9 January

Bach’s Friends Electric

Art of Moog
Robin Bigwood - synths, vocoder
Steven Devine - synths
Annabel Knight - wind synth
Martin Perkins - synths, vocoder


9.30pm

Tickets: £10

A dazzling contemporary re-imagination of the colourfully creative sound-world for the music of Bach pioneered in the 1960s by original synth genius Wendy Carlos, here performed live.

Sunday 10 January

Illustrated talk: Like Minds

Nicholas Mulroy - tenor


1pm

Tickets: £5

Live Zoom Event with Q & A

Singer and Hispanicist Nicholas Mulroy investigates the cultural and political background to the giants of 1960s Latin-American song-writing, and demonstrates their musical affinities with the great song-composers of 17th-century Europe.

Sunday 10 January

Cubaroque

Nicholas Mulroy - tenor
Elizabeth Kenny - theorbo & guitar
Toby Carr - guitar


4pm

Tickets: £10

In a brand-new exploration from three of this country’s most distinguished baroque musicians, songs of love, loss, religion and politics by 17th-century icons Purcell, Monteverdi and Strozzi speak across oceans and centuries to modern Latin-American ‘standards’ by the likes of Silvio Rodríguez and Caetano Veloso.

Cubaroque Texts and Translations

 

‘[Elizabeth Kenny] Radical’

The Independent

Sunday 10 January

FolkBaroque

Lucy Crowe - soprano
Tom Moore - fiddle
La Nuova Musica
David Bates - director


7.30pm

Tickets: £10

In another unique Baroque at the Edge collaboration, leading classical and folk musicians combine styles and skills in an uplifting celebration of the major role folk song and dance has played in European art music, from the Celtic fringe to the French court.

LNM FolkBaroque Texts and Translations

‘[Lucy Crowe] A singer blessed with look-at-me-and-listen charisma.’

The Sunday Times

Saturday 16 January

Sean Shibe interviewed by Fiona Talkington


4pm

Tickets: £5

Live Zoom Event with Q&As

Come along and meet Sean Shibe, described as ‘one of the most riveting performers’ and ‘simply spell-binding’ by Ivan Hewett in his 4-star Daily Telegraph review of Baroque at the Edge 2021.

Why not make Saturday ‘Sean Shibe’ day? Have your questions ready for Sean on the Live Zoom and then listen to his concert immediately afterwards.

 
 

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Supported in 2021 by:

Kirby Laing Foundation

Marchus Trust