What's On

Tickets for 2021 Festival will be available from Tuesday 1 December.

We are not able to invite audiences to LSO St Luke’ for the 2021 festival. Instead all events will be available to buy online from now until the January release date, and subsequently available to view until 31 March 2021.

Thursday 7 January 4pm


The Clerkenwell Ballad Walk

Vivien Ellis - folksinger
Dafydd Wyn Phillips - historian

Tickets: £5

Filmed Event

Explore the streets and open spaces surrounding our venue, LSO St Luke’s, in a virtual historical tour lent musical colour by some of the popular ballads of years gone by.

Friday 8 January 4pm


Synthesizer Demonstration:
Truly, Madly, Moogly

Art of Moog

Tickets: £5

Filmed Event

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 Eternelle

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.

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

BBC Music Magazine

Saturday 9 January 1pm


Young Artists Showcase

Eliza Haskins - recorder
Toril Azzalini-Machecler - percussion

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 4pm


Illustrated talk and demonstration: Baroque Music as Speech

Rachel Podger

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 7.30pm


Conversations in Concert

Rachel Podger - violin
Abena-Essah Bediako - performance poet
Isaiah Hull - performance poet

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.

‘[Isaiah Hull] …creativity consumes him - the way it overflows, in his speech, his gestures, his movements.’

The Mancunion

Saturday 9 January 9.30pm


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 sound-world for the music of Bach pioneered in the 1960s by original synth genius Wendy Carlos, here performed live.

Sunday 10 January 1pm


Illustrated talk: Like Minds

Nicholas Mulroy - tenor

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 4pm



Nicholas Mulroy - tenor
Elizabeth Kenny - lute
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 and Caetano Veloso.


‘[Elizabeth Kenny] Radical’

The Independent

Sunday 10 January 7.30pm



Lucy Crowe - soprano
John Dipper - fiddle
The Askew Sisters
La Nuova Musica
David Bates - director

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.

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

The Sunday Times

Programme details are correct at the time of the brochure going to press. Baroque at the Edge reserves the right to alter the artists or programmes in unavoidable circumstances.

Browse the programme from the 2020 Festival here

LSO St Luke’s


8 to 10 January 2021


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Artistic Director: Lindsay Kemp

Festival Manager: Lucy Bending

Festival Branding: Baxter and Bailey



Supported in 2021 by:


Kirby Laing Foundation

Marchus Trust