The Baroque at the Edge 2021 weekend is over, and we’d like to thank you all, not only for buying tickets for our online concert films, attending our live Zoom events and listening to our podcasts, but also for the moral support and kind words you have sent our way. Thanks, too, to the musicians, technicians and Festival staff who frequently, and with good humour, went the extra mile as we rode the steep learning curve of putting together a totally new type of festival.
The six concert films we recorded at LSO St Luke's just before Christmas have provided some unforgettable moments, from the mesmerising solo guitar-playing of Sean Shibe to the kaleidoscopic colours of Art of Moog, from the bright invention of 16-year-old recorder-player Eliza Haskins and percussionist Toril Azzalini-Machecler to the warm feeling of ‘FolkBaroque’ with soprano Lucy Crowe, folk-fiddler Tom Moore and La Nuova Musica, and from the compelling interaction of violinist Rachel Podger and performance poet Abena-Essah Bediako to the haunting beauty of tenor Nicholas Mulroy with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and guitarist Toby Carr in ‘Cubaroque’.
And we’re still adding things…
Although our concert films premiered last weekend, they are still available to watch until 31 March, so you can return to them any time you like, just by using the same access code you used before.
And if there were any concerts you didn’t see but now wish you could, they’re still available to purchase individually by visiting the ‘What’s on’ page of the Baroque at the Edge website. Go on – treat yourself to another!
Alternatively – and if you wanted to support us further – why not tell your friends about any of the concert films you particularly enjoyed, and urge them to purchase a ticket? It all helps.
One thing we do ask, however is that you don’t share your ticket link codes. The income we receive from selling these tickets is crucial to the running of the Festival, and enables us to continue offering work to musicians at what is a very difficult time for them.
NEW NEWS .... Saturday Live Zooms at 4pm
We’re delighted to announce that, following the success of the live Zoom events - and at the suggestion of last Sunday's attenders - we're aiming to create a weekly Live Zoom series so that we can continue to get together and find out fascinating things from festival artists past and present. As a trial, we've booked two artists to see if there's a genuine appetite for this. Needless to say, we have costs to cover, so if you were one of the 50 people who urged us to continue, please come along!
Tomorrow Saturday 16 January 4pm with Sean Shibe
BBC Radio 3 Presenter and Festival Trustee Fiona Talkington interviews Sean Shibe at home in Edinburgh. Sean recorded an exquisite recital which led Ivan Hewett at The Telegraph to write:
“ one of the most riveting performers around... his intense, many-coloured renditions of Baroque music alongside Satie, Ravel and folk-songs, were simply spell-binding.”
If you've already seen the concert then get your questions ready for Sean, who played both lute and guitar in his concert.
And if you haven't seen the concert then here's your chance to have your very own Sean Shibe Saturday. Buy a ticket to the concert AND take part in the Live Zoom. Book for both events here.
Next Saturday 23 January 4pm with Elizabeth Kenny
Leading lute-player Elizabeth Kenny – one of the masterminds behind our wonderful ‘Cubaroque’ concert – will talk to us about the mysterious art of Baroque song accompaniment. On sale here.
Baroque at the Edge podcasts
We’ve also had a good response to our another of our new ventures this year. Our pop-up podcast station attracted much interest (all 7 programmes are still available to listen to for free on our website).
All in all, we think, this was a memorable festival, shaped by necessity but which quickly took on a convincing character of its own. Here are some of the comments we received in the last week from supporters:
“I have loved everything, and I have really appreciated the imaginative and, frankly, inspiring presentation and filming and programming. Well done for such a remarkable programme. So fresh and so intense.”
“it really was exciting and I loved making full use of my season ticket and keying into each session…. congratulations to you all, organisers and performers, you’ve done brilliantly and brought great joy in these depressing times.”
“The video and audio quality of the broadcast was such that, with the lights off and the right “church” surround effect, we almost felt physically in LSO St Luke’s at times.”
“Thank you to you and your team for all of your hard work towards making the festival happen in 2021. The possibility of watching music performances online has really helped me during this difficult year.”
“Please be very proud of what you achieved so brilliantly with this latest festival in such uncharted waters. The final results from steep learning curves meant you could still give us exciting programming with innovative and rewarding sounds.”
And here are snippets from Ivan Hewett’s 4-star review of the Festival in The Telegraph on Monday:
“… by mingling old pieces with folk and contemporary music, it showed that far from being locked safely away in the past, Baroque music can speak as directly to our feelings as any other kind….”
And from Alexandra Coghlan’s 5-star review in i news yesterday of FolkBaroque, the concert given by soprano Lucy Crowe, folk-fiddler Tom Moore and David Bates’s Baroque group La Nuova Musica:
“FolkBaroque is a hit of pure joy to start off the year – after-hours party meets on-duty recital.”
If you have any feedback of your own, or suggestions for Live Zoom Saturdays at 4pm, we’d love to hear it. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Friend
Another easy way of supporting Baroque at the Edge is to become a festival Friend. Being a Friend enables you to get to know us better, get closer to the creative process, and make a real difference to the Festival’s future. There are several different levels at which you can join; click here to find out more.
We’ll be dropping you a line again very soon with more information on the new Zoom events, and with a couple of extra artist questionnaires. Watch out for us!
Hope to see you tomorrow or next Saturday at 4pm with Sean Shibe or Elizabeth Kenny!