Thursday 16 March 6pm St Mary's
Ensemble Pro Victoria
La Primavera - The Italian Spring
Toby Ward, Director, Tenor
Fiona Fraser, Soprano
Elisabeth Paul, Alto
David de Winter, Tenor
Gavin Cranmer-Moralee, Bass
Toby Carr, Theorbo
Matthew Farrell, Bass viol
A selection of works by Monteverdi, de Wert, Cifra and Le Jeune
The spring of the year has been a constant source of inspiration for artists across the centuries. Zephyr, the Greek god of the west wind and messenger of spring, brought ‘la primavera’ – the prime of life. La primavera is now so ubiquitous that it is even known as a pizza and a pasta (based on the first spring vegetables). In this programme, Ensemble Pro Victoria’s soloists honour the season beloved by artists of the stile moderno (1600-1700) – the spring of the year.
Ensemble Pro Victoria offers a fresh, visceral approach to early music. They won joint-first prize at the 2020 London International Festival of Early Music Ensemble Competition, and their first CD – ‘Robert Fayrfax: Music for Tudor Kings and Queens’ – was nominated as one of top six in the world at the 2021 Gramophone Awards. They are directed by Toby Ward, who has recently been appointed as Director of Music at St Mary’s Barnes.
Post-concert Dinner: After the concert you can enjoy a special La Primavera dinner across the road at Arte Chef in the company of the musicians. A limited number of tickets for two courses plus wine are available at £30 each when booking tickets for the concert.