Baroque with attitude! Doors and bar open at 7pm, concert at 8pm.
Malmesbury Abbey and Malmesbury Live Arts are very proud to jointly present Red Priest on Saturday 28th January. This sees the return of this dynamic 4 piece who last came to perform in Malmesbury Abbey in June 2013. Founded in 1997, and named after the red-headed priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given over 1000 sell-out concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow December Nights Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bermuda Festival, and in most European countries, Japan, Australia, and throughout North and Central America. The group has been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) – the latter for the prestigious South Bank Show in 2005.
In 2008 Red Priest launched its own record label, which is now the home for all of the recordings of the ensemble and its members, and has attracted much attention in the music press worldwide. Gramophone said of the group’s ‘Handel in the Wind’ CD ‘Quite brilliant… some of the most extraordinary instrumental playing you’re likely to hear’, whilst their iconic recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ was hailed in the same publication as one of the four all-time best recordings of the work. Other releases have included a swashbuckling collection entitled ‘Pirates of the Baroque’, the group’s all-Bach blockbuster, ‘Johann, I’m Only Dancing’, and ‘The Baroque Bohemians’, which surprised the major labels by reaching No.1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart in 2017.
On this occasion Red Priest will present a thrilling programme of baroque masterworks performed in Red Priest’s inimitable, high energy style. The group – now in its 25th year – is delighted to reunite with founder member and violinist Julia Bishop for this special concert exploring some of the highlights of their glittering international career at the cutting edge of baroque performance.
This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as “visionary and heretical,” “outrageous yet compulsive,” “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” “completely wild and deeply imaginative,” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humour” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”
Red Priest are the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil.
The programme will include:
Vivaldi – Concerto in G minor ‘La Notte’
Telemann – ‘Gypsy’ Sonata in A minor
Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Handel – The Harmonious Blacksmith Variations
and works by Purcell, Cima, Cazzati, Ortiz and others
Red Priest are:
Piers Adams – recorders
Julia Bishop – violin
Angela East – cello
David Wright – harpsichord