We are returning to Devon in May for another weekend of consort and solo coaching, concerts and more! For details, please see here or get in touch for more details!
Newe Vialles began 2019 with an appearance in the On Your Doorstep concert series in Golders Green, London. We performed an intimate and reflective programme of French baroque music for the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, featuring Viallers Henrik Persson, Caroline Ritchie, and Lynda Sayce. The concert was very well-received and the venue – Golders Green Unitarian Chapel – a delight to play in. Thank you to everyone there for hosting us and making us feel so welcome.
In May, Henrik and Caroline will be coaching viol-players of all ages and levels at the second South West Viols Fest, hosted by our friends at the Blackdowns Early Music Project in Culmstock, Devon. Feedback from last year’s event was excellent and there are still some places for this year’s course available! Details will go up here soon – for more information in the meantime, please contact the BEMP at the link above.
In August, we will return to Cambridge to record Gibbons verse anthems with Andrew Arthur and the choir of Trinity Hall. This is our second CD with Andrew and the choir, and we are really excited to collaborate on some of our favourite repertoire. Our first recording together, of Buxtehudes Membra Jesu Nostri, will be released this year.
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Join us in beautiful Culmstock in Devon at the beginning of May for a weekend of masterclasses, recitals, a visit to the workshop of master viol-maker Jane Julier and much more! The inaugural South West Viol Fest will be taught by Henrik and Caroline, with continuo assistance from Lynda and featuring a recital by all three of their favourite French music for viols and continuo. The weekend runs parallel to the Blackdowns Early Music project, and participants have the opportunity to take part in its culminating recital of Spanish and Portugese polyphony under the direction of Jan Joost van Elburg. For more details, please click on the link below, or feel free to get in touch and we can tell you more!
We’re back online with exciting plans for 2018! We will be performing and recording Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri in Guildford and Cambridge, and widening our knowledge of the music of Buxtehude and his contemporaries with ideas for a future CD project. Plus, viallers Caroline and Henrik will be giving a weekend of viol masterclasses and recitals in the beautiful village of Culmstocke in Mid Devon. For details, please see our dedicated post, above! As ever, we are open to all ideas for collaborative projects, so if you have an idea for a concert involving viols, do get in touch – you can see and hear some of our past projects here.
On March 5th we will be performing our Shirley Partbooks programme at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, followed by an evensong with the choir of St Mary Redcliffe, where we will accompany them in Orlando Gibbons’ Second Service. The concert will be at 3.30pm followed by Evensong at 6.30pm. Further details and ticketing information to follow soon!
We are delighted to announce that we are giving a concert in the International Festival of Viols at the Royal College of Music on the 14th of November. The festival is now in its 10th year, and brings together viol players from all over the world for a series of concerts and masterclasses. We are very excited to be part of a line-up that also includes concerts by Fretwork and masterclasses by Richard Boothby and Reiko Ichise. We will be performing a version of our Shirley Partbooks programme, featuring 4- and 5- part consorts by Ferrabosco, Lupo, Coprario and Lawes, alongside instrumental madrigals by Monteverdi, Marenzio and Pallavicino.
The next day, on the 15th of November, three of our Viallers will be among the 12 viol players who are giving the UK premiere of the newly-discovered 12 Fantasies for Viol by Georg Philip Telemann, also as part of the festival. This is a unique and historical event and well worth hearing!
We are excited to have received the music for Everybloom, a new composition by Giles Swayne for mixed choir and viols based on texts from Joyce’s Ulysses, which we are premiering with the New Cambridge Singers in April 2017 as part of their programme Renaissance Reimagined. Also on the programme is Tallis’ spectacular 40-part motet Spem in Alium, with the Newe Vialles forming one of the five choirs alongside groups of voices and cornets and sackbuts. This should be a spectacular event and the programme will be performed in Cambridge and London.
In Spring 2017 we will travel to Bristol for a concert and evensong with the choir of St Mary Redcliffe, featuring some wonderful 17th century works for voices and viols – more details coming soon!
On the 15th May, The Newe Vialles are making a London appearance at St Michael’s, Battersea. This is a chance to hear the extended version of our programme based on the Shirley Partbooks, which will form the basis of our first CD recording. Copied by William Lawes in the 1620s, the Shirley Partbooks feature some of the most beautiful works from the ‘golden age’ of English consort music, including music for viols in four, five and six parts by Alfonso Ferrabosco II, John Coprario, John Bull, Thomas Lupo and William Lawes himself.
On Thursday 25th February at 7.30 pm, at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama, the Newe Vialles will be playing as part of a celebration of the life of the viol player Richard Campbell, who taught three of our core members. Works will include a new commission for viol consort by his son Jocelyn Campbell.