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There are currently no new events for Baroque at the Edge in 2022.

This page shows the events of the January 2021 Baroque at the Edge festival.

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Thursday 7 January 4pm


The Clerkenwell Ballad Walk

Vivien Ellis - folksinger
Dafydd Wyn Phillips - Blue Badge Guide

Live Zoom Event with Q & As

Find out 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 4pm


Synthesizer Demonstration:
Truly, Madly, Moogly

Art of Moog

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.’


Friday 8 January 7.30pm

Danse Éternelle

Sean Shibe - guitar, lute

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.

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‘'simply spellbinding'’

The Telegraph 4* concert review 10.1.2021

Saturday 9 January 1pm


Young Artists Showcase

Eliza Haskins - recorder
Toril Azzalini-Machecler - percussion

Two alumni of BBC Young Musician 2020 join forces to explore music from the past and present, ranging from 17th-century baroque compositions by Van Eyck, Montanari and more, to contemporary sounds and unique personal arrangements of music by Vivaldi and folkband PerKelt.

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Saturday 9 January 4pm


Illustrated talk and demonstration: Baroque Music as Speech

Rachel Podger

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 7pm


Conversations in Concert

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

One of the UK’s outstanding performance poets presents brand-new poems, written specially for this concert, in response to baroque solo violin music played by one of the world’s best-loved violinists.

Programme includes works by: Biber, Bach, Telemann, Tartini and Matteis

Saturday 9 January 9pm


Bach’s Friends Electric

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

A dazzling contemporary re-imagination of the colourfully creative new sound-world for the music of Bach pioneered in the 60s by original synth genius Wendy Carlos, performed live by four fearless synth-players.

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‘As if stern old Bach had been sprinkled with fairy dust.’

The Telegraph 4* concert review 10.1.2021

Sunday 10 January 1pm


Illustrated talk: Like Minds

Nicholas Mulroy - tenor

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 4pm



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

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, Caetano Veloso, Pablo Milanés and Victor Jara.

Cubaroque Texts and Translations

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‘[Elizabeth Kenny] Radical’

The Independent

Sunday 10 January 7pm



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

In another Baroque at the Edge once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, leading classical and folk musicians combine their 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

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‘FolkBaroque is a hit of pure joy to the start off the year– after-hours party meets on-duty recital’

The i 5* concert review 14.1.2021

Saturday 16 January 4pm


Sean Shibe interviewed by Fiona Talkington

Live Zoom 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.

Saturday 23 January 4pm


Elizabeth Kenny: illustrated talk

Live Zoom with Q & As

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute-players as a soloist and chamber musician, and a member of Les Arts Florissants and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is Dean of Students at the Royal Academy of Music, has her own ensemble, Theatre of the Ayre, and is known for innovative collaborations with the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain and with a range of baroque singers including Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Carolyn Sampson and Nicholas Mulroy.

Saturday 30 January 4pm


Lucy Crowe in conversation with Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Live Zoom with Q & As

Come along and meet Lucy Crowe, star of the final concert, Folkbaroque, at the 2021 Baroque at the Edge Festival. Alexandra Coghlan of i-news gave the concert a 5-star review saying:

“Folkbaroque is a hit of pure joy at the start off the year – after-hours party meets on-duty recital”


“Code switching between polished classical ornaments and the swoops and straight tone of folk-singing, Crowe is the fulcrum … beautifully supported by the eclectic group of harp, chamber organ, violin, double bass and cello.”

And, if you haven’t already heard the Folkbaroque concert, why not make a day of it? Have your questions ready for Lucy Crowe at the Live Zoom and listen to the Folkbaroque concert before or after you get to meet her. Tickets can be booked below.

Saturday 6 February 4pm


Robin Bigwood: Unnatural sounds - a history of synthesized music

Live Zoom with Q & As

Robin Bigwood is the brains behind Bach’s Friends Electric, a concert he gave with his group Art of Moog during this year’s Festival. As an upbeat to that, Robin also gave us a behind-the-scenes Live Zoom look at the synthesizers they were using in the concert. And now he’s back with a second Live Zoom, this time on the history of synthesized music. If you haven’t met Robin before, you’re in for a treat. And if you haven’t already heard Bach’s Friends Electric, tickets are £10 (concert booking lower down the page).

Saturday 13 February 4pm


Nick Mulroy: The Music of Sight

Live Zoom with Q & As

Festival tenor Nicholas Mulroy shares his private passion for fine art. From Brueghel to Basquiat and Raphael to Rothko, he looks at how music and musicians have been depicted in paintings down the centuries, and how music and art have inspired each other.

“Art is how we decorate space; music is how we decorate time” (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

If you haven’t already heard Nicholas singing in ‘Cubaroque’ (see below), why not make a day of it? Have your questions ready at the Live Zoom, and listen to his haunting concert of Latin-American and baroque as well!

Saturday 20 February 4pm


Baroque at the Edge Live Zoom Event: Joanna MacGregor in interview

Live Zoom with Q & As

Pianist Joanna MacGregor gave the first-ever BatE concert in 2018. She talks to Fiona Talkington about her eclectic brand of pianism.

Saturday 6 March 4pm


2021 Young Artists Showcase:
meet Eliza Haskins & Toril Azzalini-Machecler

Live Zoom with Q & As

The stars of this year’s Baroque at the Edge Young Artists Showcase discuss how to build repertoire and create adventurous programmes.

Saturday 13 March 4pm


David Bates in interview with Fiona Talkington

Live Zoom with Q & As

David Bates talks about his work with La Nuova Musica, and explains how he devised his ‘FolkBaroque’ concert for Baroque at the Edge.

Saturday 20 March 4pm


Nicholas Mulroy: music and images for Holy Week

Live Zoom with Q & As

Singer Nicholas Mulroy returns, following his highly popular recent talk on music in art, to discuss music and images for Holy Week.

Browse the programme from the 2021 Festival here

Browse the programme from the 2020 Festival here



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