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.
You won’t just get sparkling quality music with a Fiori performance. Oh no! To give you even more of a sense of occasion, boss lady Penelope Rapson recounts the history of the composers, their music and the times in which it was created.
It's that time of year where the summer's drawing to a close. But suspend your dismay, summer is still in full swing! As you know, it's Fiori's 30th birthday. There have been some gorgeous summer performances to mark the occasion and the celebrations continue next month.
Fiori Musicali take a trip to yet another stunning location this Sunday 11th August to mark 30 years since their founding. And what a show you can expect!
Fiori Musicali play concertos from baroque greats Vivaldi, Handel and Bach – in the ancient church of St Mary Magdalene 28 July 2013. To celebrate high summer, Fiori will delight you with a performance of music from the high baroque (a phrase to describe music from the latter years of the baroque period 1600-1750) in their annual summer concert in the beautiful estate church at Castle Ashby.
Until Sunday 6th July The University of Northampton School of Arts is holding its annual showcase of graduate work in the areas of fashion, footwear, textiles, surface design and fashion marketing at the Northampton Museum and Gallery. Now what does that have to do with Fiori Musicali you say? I'm glad you asked!
There are 2 exciting Fiori concerts over the next week to entertain you! First off is Fiori’s traditional choral concert at St Peter’s Church, Wolfhampcote this Sunday 29 June. This venue is Fiori’s version of Glastonbury; a remarkable occasion when both audience and Fiori Choir make for this isolated church in the middle of nowhere (so be prepared for a mini adventure to seek it out) to enjoy glorious renaissance choral music.
Fiori Musicali have a residency with The National Trust at Canons Ashby and so we're lucky enough to see them perform at the stunning Priory Church. Friday is one of those occasions! Fiori players are joined by Soprano Judit Felszeghy for Halcyon Summer performance of works by Handel, Telemann and Corelli. It's sure to be a gorgeous evening of beautiful music, with an optional garden picnic and Pimms at 6pm to make it that bit more of a treat.
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.