1. We love it
BF MD Leah is a musicologist by training and loves music and reviewing. It’s a way to express the joy that music brings.
2. We support live music
The Brits (say, in comparison with the Europeans) are not great at going out and getting involved in culture, whether that be dance, art, theatre or music. So we want you to encourage people to get out there and get involved in the rich culture that’s going on!
3. We support musicians
Sometimes the musicians we review are involved in some of our projects, so we want to support them in their other creative endeavours. It’s just being a good human really.
4. We respect music
By taking the time to write reviews it shows that we respect what people are working hard for and saying ‘this deserves to be written about’.
You can also read some of our reviews if you like: Riot Ensemble, International Rameau Ensemble, Metamorphic & Røyst Trio, Stoop Quintet, London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Our good friends the International Rameau Ensemble are holding a Valentine’s concert at the New College Ante-Chapel on Feb 6th. Not sure whether to go or not? Read our review of their last concert here. And then go!
Last night we had the pleasure of hearing the culmination of the two day ‘International Rameau Summer School’ 2015 at No.6 Fitzroy Square.
Artistic Director Lawrence Olsworth-Peter welcomed us, explaining that one of the goals of the International Rameau Ensemble (IRE) is to make the 18th Century music of Rameau more widely available to greater audiences through a number of projects and concerts.
Renowned conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, who coached the students, told the eager audience ‘Rameau is as important as Bach, with rich harmonies and incredible woodwind writing’.
That is indeed what we were treated to, with semi-staged opera scenes and instrumental pieces. It was an enjoyable evening and it was great to see a range of Rameau’s works within one chamber concert.
We’ve heard on the grapevine that the IRE have big plans in the works, we’re going to stay tuned…
We’ve heard that some of the fine people at the International Rameau Ensemble are putting on a Summer School in the very beautiful Ingestre Hall this July 21st-26th 2014. So, if you’re into all things Rameau, click here for the brochure, or head over to RameauSchool.eu….
We’re very excited to be attending the next concert featuring the International Rameau Ensemble this Friday, 21st February 2014. We interviewed their Artistic Director, Lawrence Olsworth-Peter, back in October. You can read it here.
2014 is the 250th Anniversary year of this fabulous French composer, and this is a rare and great chance to hear the beautiful motets: ‘In Convertendo’, ‘Quam Dilecta’ and ‘Deus Nost Refugium’. These three works are based on the Psalms and are performed by some of the world’s leading Early Music Performers.
You can hear them preview their work on BBC 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty on Tuesday 18th. It will be available to hear, here.
See you this Friday at St George’s Hanover Square. Ticket information is below. We can’t wait!