7.30pm Saturday, 19 September 2015
Ashley Solomon baroque flute
Bojan Čičič violin
Reiko Ichise viola da gamba
Terence Charlston harpsichord
Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium regularly collaborate with some of the world's finest musicians including Dame Emma Kirkby, Robin Blaze and Elin Manahan Thomas.
Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York).
Among the numerous residencies Florilegium have held was Ensemble-in-Residence at London's Wigmore Hall from 1998 to 2000, performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall's education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music, where they take five string, wind and keyboard coaching sessions each term on 18th century baroque repertoire.
2013-14 included a tour for Music in the Round and concerts for the 2013-14 Concert Promoters’ Group. Performances with larger forces included a concert with Kings College Choir in Cambridge with Andreas Scholl, the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos for International Wimbledon Music Festival, concerts in Wigmore Hall, in France, and a Bolivian Baroque concert, with Bolivian soloists, in the Konzerthaus, Berlin. 2014-15 includes two concerts in Kings Place, London; a French baroque concert with Dame Emma Kirkby, and a Classical concert with Colin Lawson. Other concerts include Wigmore Hall, five large-scale choral concerts across the season and a tour of the East Coast of the USA.
Florilegium’s recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s CD of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from Classicstoday.com. The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 BBC Music Magazine award, and BBC Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A recording of Vivaldi, released in January 2012, was rated “Outstanding” by International Record Review and was Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review. A disc of Florilegium's arrangements of Bach's Organ Trio Sonatas, released in summer 2012, was immediately awarded CD of the Week by The Sunday Times. Future releases include a CD of Handel, and the autumn of 2014 saw the release of Florilegium’s 25th recording, the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos.
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