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.

Who gets to do concerts with Mary and Joseph in December?

My privilege, at Hoxton Hall for the great Spitalfields Music. No sheep, but Mary and Jo on fine form, Classic Fm popped around to the rehearsal:

Now I’m at Oxford

Very excited to have started up as Oxford University’s Director of Performance. Getting to know the Music Faculty and soon the students. Its a move along the A34 from Southampton where I’m grateful for 12 great years.

Get me to a salt mine

Well this was a huge thrill, like no other venue (except the bit where I left my phone behind, but the nice people at Wieliczka sent it back).    Glad they liked the Lachrime.ów-easter-music-british-focus