Saturday 20 January 2007
New World Symphonies
at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bramcote, Nottingham
Richard Roddis and Nicolette Moonen (see right) directed this workshop for singers and players where about 130 people took part.
The event centred on New World Symphonies - Latin American liturgical music of the 16th and early 17th centuries. We explored in some of the repertoire for our next concert Music of the Americas. We experienced and enjoyed the grandeur and the exuberance of the Christian/Incan cross-culture of the Baroque New World.
Instrumental specialist Nicolette Moonen is a renowned Baroque violinist. Nicolette studied modern violin at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatoire, and baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuyken. Since being resident in the UK, she has performed with most of the country's leading period instrument ensembles and has been increasingly in demand as a leader and teacher. She leads Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore, and is founder-leader of The Bach Players. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire.