What's On

The 2019 Festival runs from 4 to 6 January 2019.

Browse the programme from the 2018 Festival here

Friday 4 January


Gabriela Montero - piano

LSO St Luke'sLondon
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Tickets: £25 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

As brilliant as an improviser as she is in the great works of the classical repertoire, the Venezuelan star pianist celebrates the baroque in her own uniquely personal style – on the spur of the moment! The programme also includes virtuoso 19th-century transcriptions of Bach by Busoni and Liszt.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/gabriela-montero-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

‘The delighted audience would have let her play all afternoon’

The Washington Post

Saturday 5 January


Elicia Silverstein - violin

Saint James, ClerkenwellLondon
1pm - 2pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

The exciting young American violinist, admired for her bold and impassioned playing, explores the unexpected but deep and beautiful connections between baroque and contemporary in works by JS Bach, Heinrich Biber, Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino.

‘The Dreams & Fables I Fashion’

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonata No. 1 in G minor

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Passagalia ‘Guardian Angel’

Salvatore Sciarrino – Caprice No. 2

Antonio Maria Montanari – Giga senza basso (from ‘Dresden’ Sonata in D minor)

Luciano Berio – Sequenza VIII

Johann Sebastian Bach – ‘Ciaccona’ from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004)

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/elicia-silverstein-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

Saturday 5 January


Bach Walks

LSO St Luke'sLondon
3pm - 3.45pm

Tickets: Free ticketed event

In 1705 the 20-year-old Bach walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck to meet his hero Buxtehude. Fiona Talkington talks to presenter/writer Horatio Clare and producer Lindsay Kemp about Horatio’s new book on the making of BBC Radio 3’s recent re-imagining of that journey.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/bach-walks-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

Saturday 5 January


Liam Byrne - viola da gamba and electronics

LSO St Luke'sLondon
4.30pm - 5.30pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

From sound installations at the V & A to appearing with Damon Albarn on Later with Jools Holland, Liam is one of the leading experimental acoustic/electronic forces in early music today. Expect anything, anyhow, from Marais to Muhly.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/liam-byrne-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

‘Stylish and expressive, nuanced virtuosity.’

The Times

Saturday 5 January



Niall Ashdown - actor
Thomas Guthrie - director
Emily Owen and Jenni Harper - sopranos
Satoko Doi-Luck - harpsichord
Kate Conway - viola da gamba
Toby Carr - theorbo

LSO St Luke'sLondon
7pm - 8.50pm

Tickets: £25 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

Written specially for the London-based baroque ensemble Ceruleo, Clare Norburn’s latest concert-drama takes us back to 1695 and inside the fevered mind of English music’s great genius Henry Purcell as he lies dying. Dream-like memories of the Plague, the Fire of London, family life and the vibrant Restoration stage merge seamlessly with his exquisite vocal and instrumental music.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/ceruleo-burying-the-dead-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

Saturday 5 January


Nora Fischer - singer
Mike Fentross - theorbo

LSO St Luke'sLondon
9.30pm - 10.30pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

Nora Fischer and Mike Fentross delve into the music of the early baroque, sculpting intimate duets from this treasure trove of vocal expression. Whether originally composed for full orchestra, for a small group of singers, or for male or female characters, the music is subtly reinterpreted in ways that are sensitive, imaginative and daring, born out of the musicians’ strong creative  affinity and distinct musical style.

Henry Purcell – Music for a while

Jacopo Peri – Lungi dal vostro lume

Barbara Strozzi – Lagrime mie

Henry Purcell – Ye gentle spirits of the air

Jacopo Peri – Tu dormi, e’l dolce sonno

Claudio Monteverdi – Vi ricorda o boschi ombrosi

Claudio Monteverdi – Possente spirto

Stefano Landi – Augellin

Claudio Monteverdi – Oblivion soave

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/nora-fischer-mike-fentross-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

‘Nora Fischer is representative of a new approach ... crossing thresholds, and a repertoire choice without borders.’

Het Parool

Sunday 6 January


Family Folksinging Workshop

LSO St Luke'sLondon
10am - 11.30am

Tickets: £10 (£5 under 18s)

Join singer and choir director Sally Davies – known for her work with the Cecil Sharp House Choir and the Wing-it Singers – for an inspiring English folksong workshop. True to the folk tradition of family singing, she will be joined by her daughter Holly Cullen Davies, and together they will have you singing the kinds of songs Purcell would have known in rousing two-part harmony.

Suitable for all adults and children 12+. No music-reading ability required.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/family-folksinging-workshop-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

‘Positive group experience, life-enhancing’

Participant response

Sunday 6 January


Dipper Malkin
with Nick Hennessy storyteller

LSO St Luke'sLondon
12.30pm - 2pm

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under 18s)

The unique combination of John Dipper’s 14-string viola d’amore, Dave Malkin’s finely honed guitar and remarkable vocals, and storyteller Nick Hennessy’s passion for reinventing tradition visits the places where the sophistication of Purcell meets the soul of English folk.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/dipper-malkin-with-nick-hennessey-baroque-at-the-edge 1544888119 1535706000

‘Distinctively English, albeit with an exotic twist ... that little bit different from anything else out there.’

Living Tradition Magazine

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.

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Saint James Clerkenwell


4 to 6 January 2019


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