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Robert Hollingworth – Monteverdi Prom and media

Posted on 31 July 2017

Robert Hollingworth’s (Reader in Music) continuing practice-as-research into the music of Claudio Monteverdi has been highlighted in a series of performances and broadcasts.

This summer he has directed performances of the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers (in York Minster), the opera L’Orfeo (Cheltenham Festival), ‘The Other Vespers’ (Glyndebourne, Stour and Salisbury Festivals), opened the BBC’s Cadogan Hall Proms and appeared on Newsnight (with one of his 2nd-year students).

The performers include his ensemble I Fagiolini (in their 30th anniversary year), The 24 (a music dept choir), The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and Rachel Podger (baroque violin).

The thorny issue of the relationship of duple to triple time has been a particular focus of the research and represents subtle developments since the CD ‘Monteverdi - The Other Vespers’ released on Decca Classics in the spring. In addition the York Vespers was a ‘walk-through’ experience for an audience of 600 in which the layout of the choirs had been subtly amended to allow Monteverdi’s part-writing to speak more clearly as listeners constantly changed their aural perspective.

Robert has directed I Fagiolini since their inception in 1986 and produced 30 CD/DVDs as well as productions that have gone from the Lincoln Center New York to townships in South Africa. His work is based around performance practice aspects of Renaissance and early Baroque music, as well as more generally how to share music with audiences.

Future plans include a debut at the Edinburgh Festival (August 19) as well as performances in Oxford, Birmingham, Durham, Brecon, Saffron Hall and a December tour of Scotland with the Scottish Ensemble.

Prom available here:

Newsnight appearance (available for a few days): from 34’00