Fiori are honoured to have been invited to join forces with CHOIR OF THE EARTH in a project that they are embarking on to record the Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610. Founded by Mark Strachan (who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2022 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to musicians), CHOIR OF THE EARTH are a unique choir, drawing together singers from all corners of the world to perform and record glorious choral works under the expert tuition of their artistic director Ben England (who was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2021 by the Queen in recognition of his services to choral singing during the pandemic).
Fiori are thrilled to have been awarded a further grant from the Continuo Foundation for our summer series of concerts. Thank you Continuo Foundation for helping Fiori to spread our wings in a series of fascinating summer concerts & workshops, with long term musical colleagues & young people. 2023 is a red letter year for the nation and for Fiori.
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.
Fiori have a brilliant weekend lined up so I thought it only polite to let you know what's on. Fiori's friends at the National Trust are hosting their live rehearsal on Saturday afternoon at the stunning Canon's Ashby. It's an open rehearsal which means that anyone can drop in and listen for free!
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?
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!