Nicola Benedetti: from Decca to Edinburgh via Battersea

Check out this trailer for the new Vivaldi CD, recorded in Battersea Arts Centre last December, where we returned last week, with real people in the audience!  A fabulous experience.

The Times liked it too, 

every triumph of Benedetti was matched by the triumphs of her eight specialist colleagues, all experts in performing baroque music with flair and enjoyment while avoiding stylistic extremes. My special joy was Elizabeth Kenny, queen of the guitar and that overgrown lute, the theorbo, enthusiastically thrumming at impossible speeds.

YEMF Livestream July 9th 2020 with Iestyn Davies

Schubert with Iestyn Davies, Wigmore Hall, June 2020

It was great to be back at Wigmore Hall, with Iestyn Davies last week as part of their live-streamed series which went out every day during the month of June.   York Early Music Festival are giving us all similar hope for the return of live performance , by putting this year’s programme online.  Tickets for the whole festival and for our Dowland programme (7.30pm July 9th) are available at the link below:


Valetta International Baroque Festival 2020

Valetta International Baroque Festival.

Happy New Year everyone, 2020 on its way. First off, I’m looking forward to a good VIBE (Valetta International Baroque Ensemble, one of the best acronyms ever) coming up later in January. I’m lucky enough to be playing 3 concerts, recitals with vocal legends Nicholas Mulroy and Katherine Watson, as well as a blast of Biber with VIBE. All in stunningly beautiful Maltese locations.

Full programme of this enterprising Festival from Teatru Mancel here:

International Baroque Festival, Teatru Mancel

Women’s Work in Music: Songs by Barbara Strozzi

Its for this: Women’s Work in Music.

I am looking forward to playing a programme of Barbara Strozzi with Canadian soprano Janet Youngdahl and harpsichordist and musicologist Vivian Montgomery, on Thursday 5 September CD of the same out very soon!

Remember the song Didn’t We have a Lovely Time on the Way to Bangor? It was number 3 in 1980 and I knew all the words, thank you Fiddler’s Dram. I’m on the way and the toilet just spoke to me in Welsh which is now a Thing with Virgin Trains.