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Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini (a Department Associate Ensemble) in new film

Posted on 3 September 2014

In the last week of August, vocal ensemble I Fagiolini (directed by Robert Hollingworth, Reader in Music) was in a London studio to record madrigals by John Wilbye and some original music for a film about him to be made in 2015 by Capriol Films, directed by Tony Britten.

Draw on, sweet night imagines a story around the facts known of Wilbye's life: his relationships with various women further up the social scale, his dealings with lutenist John Dowland, and of course the beauty of his music. Wilbye is perhaps the most lyrical of English madrigalists, combining in his two books (1598 and 1609) an English melancholy with a more Italian passion in masterworks such as 'Weep, weep, mine eyes' and 'Draw on, sweet night'.

The costume drama film will be cut with film of I Fagiolini recording and, unusually, the soundtrack has been recorded first with the film to be shot later this year and next.

This will be I Fagiolini's second purpose-made film after The Full Monteverdi (2007)

Also released on DVD were L'Amfiparnaso (a commedia dell'arte musical comedy from 1597) and How Like An Angel, the group's collaboration with Australian Circus Company, Circa.