Galvanize Ensemble & Fretwork come together for a project of old and new music, from Hildegarde von Bingen and Henry Purcell to improvisations and cut-up explorations.
This performance includes a new Eduardo Paolozzi influenced work, Metalization of a Dream by Duncan MacLeod, inspired by dada- and surrealist-inspired collages, moving performers around the auditorium. There’s also the world premiere of Commune, Learning to connect as shown to us by trees, by Carmel Smickersgill, which highlights the similarities between us as humans and our surroundings.
The performance sees both ensembles sharing music, styles and influences, with independent sets from each ensemble and as combined forces with live art curated by Claire Orme. Arrangements and improvisations from both ensembles are featured alongside the new commissions, exploring electro-acoustic voices from viols to electric guitar, with electronics.
Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. Their recordings of arrangements of J. S. Bach have won particular praise, but they have recently issued a disc containing music by Grieg, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Warlock & Britten. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory - Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes & Byrd - have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.
See 2 tour dates featuring Fretwork
Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
- Theatre Square
- NG1 5ND
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- Silver Status