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.
Newe Vialles are very happy to announce a collaboration with the critically acclaimed singer Anna Dennis, exploring some of the most fantastical consort songs of the late 16th century. Many of these will be unfamiliar to modern audiences, but have huge theatrical appeal. Anna is developing a great reputation as an interpreter of 17th century English song, and we are very excited to welcome her for this project. You can read more about Anna here.
We are working on our concert schedule for the next 12 months, which will include recitals in Bristol, London, and a project with the New Cambridge Singers, directed by Graham Walker and featuring a new commission by Giles Swayne. Please check our performances page as more details go online!
Rehearsals are underway for our debut project – recording a selection of the music from the Shirley Partbooks, copied for the Shirley family of Staunton Harrold in Leicestershire by William Lawes. Particularly exciting are the Italian madgrials – despite being an important part of the repertoire for early 17th century viol players, these have hardly ever been recorded on viols alone. Finding ways of bringing texted music to life without text – and thinking about appropriate ornamentation – is a great challenge, and also has its effect on how we approach the consort repertoire found in these manuscripts.