After my first couple of Fiori concerts it was obvious that there was a gap in my classical and baroque knowledge. I can easily enjoy the music without knowing the technical bits but I rock the geek chic (or I’m just a geek) so I like to know the whys and wherefores.
Fiori Musicali work very hard to give you a great repertoire of beautiful baroque and classical music near you. I wanted to learn more about the players who regularly make up Fiori Musicali and what makes them tick.
On Thursday 30th May Fiori Musicali are performing their ‘Vivaldi’s Venice’ at Bilton Grange Chapel. Ahead of the performance I thought I’d have a chat with one of the main instrumentalists of the evening, Heidi Fardell. Heidi’s instrument will be quite familiar for many of us. It’s often the first experience that we have playing music. ‘London’s Burning’ might give you a clue.
When it comes to Fiori Musicali Penelope Rapson is the person in the know. Penelope is director (she keeps everyone in line) and founded the classical group in 1983 after studying music at Oxford. She’s a clever bunny and as I know pretty much nothing about classical music, we had a chat so I could swot up!
Just a quick note to let you know some good news. You can see Fiori for free! Priory Church Canons AshbyAs part of Fiori’s residency at Canons Ashby, their Choir sings traditional Sunday Evensong during the Summer months.
There’s another excuse to enjoy a relaxed lunchtime recital at The Castle Wellingborough on Friday 9 May! This is the next one in Fiori’s popular series of ‘meet the artist’ recitals, when director Penelope Rapson introduces baroque violinist Amanda Babington (who you may have seen performing at The Castle in March).
For a sneak peak behind the scenes of Fiori Musicali I decided to start a series of short interviews with the people who make up Fiori.
This post we hear from Hungarian Soprano extra-ordinaire Judit Felszeghy.
Grace Davidson is a soprano extraordinaire. She regularly teams up with Fiori Musicali but this weekend marks two special occasions. Not only do Fiori celebrate 30 years of since their founding but 2013 is also the 10th year that they have been performing with Grace.
Is there a misconception about classical music? It seems to me that the general public thinks that it’s old fashioned or enjoyed only by older, posh people.
It’s cold and wintry in the UK but Vivaldi so easily reminds us of tempestuous summer days in his L’Estade Presto (Summer) from The Four Seasons.