Fiori Musicali have a residency at Canons Ashby which saw them perform at the National Trust several times last week. Every performance there is special but it was even more so this week as it was to celebrate the opening of the newly restored baroque gardens and to commemorate 300 years of baroque composer Corelli.
Considering I’m ‘Fiori Fan’, it’s pretty bad that I’ve not seen Fiori Musicali play live despite them being local. So I put that to rights on Thursday when I took a nice drive over Bilton Grange, a lovely old school in Dunchurch, Warwickshire. Friendly greeting from Fiori Musical at Bilton GrangeI was greeted by a grand building and some friendly students who eagerly opened the door for me – a great first impression. Service with a smile!
Did you catch ‘2Day’ on Friday? Radio 2 mixed things up for the day, changing the scheduling to showcase the variety of music played by the station with this year’s focus on the ‘Orchestra’. Each programme looked at the groups of instruments in an orchestra throughout the day.
I liked that I was learning as well as enjoying a brilliant mix of music. For example did you know that an orchestra does not include a saxophone?
After the crowds have enjoyed the matinée performance, Fiori bring you an evening concert at The Castle 7:45pm. Once again the Chamber Orchestra are joined by Kerstin Linder-Dewan – solo violin, to bring you a sparkling programme.
This Saturday Fiori Musicali bring you two very different concerts at The Castle in Wellingborough.
For the past three weeks Fiori players have been coaching young people from Northamptonshire in the art of baroque.
Claire Babington is an expert cellist performing with Fiori on Sunday so being a nosey soul, I thought that I’d have a chat with her and give you the low down on this exciting young artist.
Have you promised yourself that you’ll get out a bit more this year? Perhaps you’re like me and want to find more out about the history of Northamptonshire and the beautiful location in the county? Maybe you’d like see more live musical performances? Well, this is a post for you!
Handel is one of the giants of the baroque. But I don’t know much about him. Now, we can’t be having that can we especially around Christmas when his famous work Messiah is prominent? So I asked Penelope Rapson, Director of Fiori Musicali, what she knows about the composer. It might be easier to ask what she doesn’t know but here’s what she told me.
Who doesn’t love Bonfire night?
Forgetting the allegations of torture and the whole Gunpowder Plot (basically everything associated with it), I love Bonfire Night. It reminds me of the firework displays I went to as a child, wrapped up in at least 100 layers, whooshing my sparkler around to spell my name with the light, the smell of hotdogs and the sound of classical music drifting through the crisp cold air to stir the senses.
It’s not often that you hear of a classical music concert likened to the mudfest that is Glastonbury but that’s just what you can expect from Fiori Musicali’s midsummer concert at Wolfhampcote. Obviously just without the mud and rain!