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  • La Notte di Natale
  • Wednesday 12 December 6.30pm
    Venue: NCEM, St Margaret’s Church
    £23.00 (£21.00 concessions | £5.00 under 35)

    Kinga Ujszaszi violin/leader Ellen Bundy violin George Clifford violin
    Claudia Norz violin Alice Earll violin Joanne Miller viola Nichola Blakey viola
    Alice Manthorpe Saunders cello Kate Aldridge double bass
    Alex McCartney theorbo Nicolas Mendoza harpsichord
    with Augusta Hebbert soprano

    La Notte di Natale
    Music for an Italian Baroque Christmas

    In the pastoral beauty of an Italian countryside, shepherds play shawms and bagpipes to celebrate the Christmas season whilst snow falls gently around their campfires. Spiritato evokes this rich imagery with a dazzling selection of Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Torelli and Locatelli. Often composed for Christmas Eve, these works chart the beginning of the concerto grosso genre, combining virtuosic solos with characterful dances. Violinist Kinga Ujszászi conjures a frosty landscape with Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ from The Four Seasons, and soprano Augusta Hebbert joins the ensemble for two of Alessandro Scarlatti’s most celebratory cantatas, singing of the excitement and astonishment of the shepherds and the hope that comes with the thawing of the ice and the return of Spring.

    “Frankly exquisite instrumental playing from Spiritato!” **** Bachtrack

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