Re-emerging from the silence
After a year most of us would like to forget, we are glad to say that we are re-emerging as 2021 continues, ready to resume activities with fresh conviction and urgency.
The pandemic has been a mostly silent time for us, a time of worry and stress, livelihoods suspended along with the life-enhancing joy of working together and the synergy and thrill of live audiences. The pleasure of seeing each other for rehearsals as we begin again has never felt sweeter. We recognise too the changes that the pandemic and other political developments are threatening to make permanently to our society, and return to our work with redoubled determination to fly the flag for imagination, experimentation, progress and the transformative power of art.
Our Spring season begins with the long-awaited world premiere of the Book of Flames and Shadows, a concert-length sequence of music by our director James Weeks, interweaving madrigals by Jacques Arcadelt. This premieres online on Monday 10th May via the Musicon concert series of Durham University, and tours to Dartington Summer School later in the Summer. A commercial recording will appear on the Winter and Winter label later in 2021.
We are deeply grateful to Arts Council England’s Grant for the Arts for their support of this project.
We also make contact again with old friends, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (online, 4th June) in celebrating Laurence Crane’s 60th birthday alongside music by Guildhall Masters students, and the Wigmore Hall (online, 31st May) in a version of our Chromatic Renaissance programme.
Later in the Summer we hope to be in Cologne (Philharmonie) for more Gesualdo, and to be once again resident at the prestigious Voix Nouvelles summer course at Royaumont Abbey.
For more information, including booking details, about all our upcoming activities, go to our What’s On page.
We hope to see you at a concert – online or even in person – soon!