Here’s the programme for our first concert in Kings Place’s Turning Points series – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Saturday 11 February. You can also pick up a copy free of charge on the night itself.
The programme includes the sonnets Vivaldi wrote to accompany each of the four concertos, and director Kati Debretzeni’s notes on how to play them.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Méhul: The First Romantic concert on Friday 10 February at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.Read More
Kati Debretzeni looks at how Vivaldi uses music to paint a picture – Part 3 of her exploration of The Four Seasons.
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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons
Six things you probably didn’t know about France’s revolutionary Romantic composer.
French composer Etienne Méhul was a musical innovator who helped drag music kicking and screaming into the 19th century. What’s more, his career spanned a remarkable time from the beginnings of the French Revolution to Napoleon.Read More
Since the last Night Shift of 2016 wound down in Peckham last November, we’ve been busy brewing up a storm for the New Year.
Throughout 2017 (ok, with a bit of a summer break), we’ll be back monthly rotating between the three venues you packed out for The Night Shift last year. That’s The George Tavern in Whitechapel (where we’re Resident Orchestra), the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and the CLF Art Café at the taco-tastic Bussey Building in Peckham.Read More
In part 2, violinist Kati Debretzeni explores how Vivaldi uses the violin as a virtuoso instrument.
Hear her perform the Four Seasons at our Turning Points concert at Kings Place on 11 Feb.Read More
In 2017/18 we’re starting Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.Read More
Ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert at Kings Place on Sat 11 February, Kati Debretzeni takes an in depth look at Vivaldi’s innovative writing for the violin.Read More
The third in our series of Méhul playlists. A mixture of arias and overtures from this forgotten genius and his contemporaries.Read More
The second Méhul playlist in our weekly series to get everyone in the mood for Mehul: The First Romantic next month.Read More
To get everyone in the mood for Mehul: The First Romantic next month, we’re putting together a weekly Méhul-inspired playlist.Read More
I have recently been appointed the position of Regional Marketing Officer; an absolute dream position for a music-loving, media-obsessed, flute-playing Londoner such as myself. When I was told by my new line-manager what my first week would consist of I thought ‘I could get used to this!’; Night Shift at Bussey Building, office Christmas party, and to start it all off, a music/drama workshop with all our Musical Landscapes musicians and teachers!Read More
We grabbed 2 minutes with director Rob Howarth in the back of a cab to tell us about his Christmas celebration of 17th Century German music at Kings Place, Monday 19 December.Read More
The last entry of Max Mandel’s tour diary from Brussels and Cologne on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour.Read More
This is a mince pie recipe from a book called A Collection of above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery; For the Use of all Good Wives, Tender Mothers, and Careful Nurses. It was published in 1714.Read More
Our co-principal viola, Max Mandel, blogs his tour diary from Poland on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour.Read More
Our co-principal Violist Max Mandel blogs from Rotterdam on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour. A blow by blow account of the 1st 24 hours:
We’ve already had a week of rehearsals and concerts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio so it doesn’t feel like the usual beginning of a tour where you’re not sure how it’s going to go. Instead we feel like quite a close group already, in part thanks to Maestro Masaaki Suzuki’s generous spirit. He’s the kind of director who is very insistent on what he wants from the music but the way he gets after it never feels like nagging. His humility and endless enthusiasm for the music has made the project a joy for everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group so eager to get on a plane first thing in the morning.Read More
Here is the Christmas Oratorio programme, covering concerts on 9 and 10 December 2016.Read More
Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square. More info and book ticketsRead More
Here’s the Bach: A Family Affair programme. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge at the concert.Read More