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5 August, 2017

Teaching, and two world premieres!

Stile Antico has just finished a busy fortnight of teaching and performing. First, the group performed concerts in Madrid and Ávila before joining the Zenobia Música Summer School for the first time, where they coached groups on music by Victoria and Lobo.

On their return, the group headed to Dartington International Summer School, where in addition to coaching the Vocal Ensembles class in madrigals from the Musica transalpina, they gave two concerts. The first, In a strange land, included a very special encore: the first performance of Reasons, Briefly Set Down by former member Jim Clements. Commissioned with funds from the Stile Antico Foundation, Jim’s piece sets words from William Byrd’s preface to his Psalms, Sonnets and Songs of 1588.

For their second concert, members of the group presented the premiere of Peter Oswald’s new texts to Dowland’s instrumental Lachrimae Pavans. These compelling words relate the experiences of migrants and refugees, and proved extremely powerful when combined with Dowland’s extraordinary music. In between the Pavans, singer Merit Ariane Stephanos, composer/improviser Stevie Wishart and Dartington’s Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor provided reflections and improvisations.

Finally, the group took the solo parts in the week’s closing concert, a performance of the 1589 Florentine Intermedi, conducted by tenor Andrew Griffiths.