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We are not able to invite audiences to LSO St Luke’s for the 2021 Festival. Instead, all concerts are available to buy online now and available to view until 31 March 2021.

Saturday 23 January 4pm


Elizabeth Kenny: illustrated talk

Tickets: £5

Live Zoom Event 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.

‘In the concert Cubaroque, tenor Nicholas Mulroy mingled rhetorically-florid Baroque era songs by Purcell and Monteverdi with gently romantic Latin American folk songs and pop song… Mulroy sang both with such a winning, unforced ease, and the accompaniment from Elizabeth Kenny and Toby Carr had such an infectious rhythmic swing that you could almost believe they were genuinely close.’

The Telegraph 10 Jan 2021

Concert 1

Danse Éternelle

Sean Shibe - guitar, lute

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.

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

BBC Music Magazine

Concert 2

Young Artists Showcase

Eliza Haskins - recorder
Toril Azzalini-Machecler - percussion

Tickets: £10

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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Concert 3

Conversations in Concert

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

Tickets: £10

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

Concert 4

Bach’s Friends Electric

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

Tickets: £10

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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Concert 5


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

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, Caetano Veloso, Pablo Milanés and Victor Jara.

Cubaroque Texts and Translations

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‘[Elizabeth Kenny] Radical’

The Independent

Concert 6


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

Tickets: £10

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 of the year’

The Independent

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