The current generation finds us blessed with a crop of fine British vocal groups. In addition to welcoming the Gesualdo Six later in the festival, we welcome back the first amongst equals, I Fagiolini – directed by Robert Hollingworth. I Fagiolini’s innovative and imaginative programming has constantly won plaudits around the world, signature projects in recent years having included The Full Monteverdi; Tallis in Wonderland, a new way of hearing polyphony with live and recorded voices; and Simunye, a cross-cultural South African collaboration.
I Fagiolini bring to Petworth a programme with multiple resonances for our part of the world… Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, which was written 100 years ago in the wake of the catastrophic upheavals of the First World War and the ‘Spanish Flu’, Re-Wilding The Waste Land explores cycles of renewal in both creation and creativity – ensnared in our own pandemic and mindful of David Attenborough’s ‘witness statement’ plea to re-wild, desolation flowers into an outpouring of music and poetry.
Repertoire includes music by Victoria, Byrd and Kenneth Leighton together with readings from The Waste Land by Jessica Walker. Originally an opera singer, Jessica enjoys a reputation for being equally at home in contemporary opera, cabaret and theatre.
Tickets: £32, £24, £14, £9 (18 and under £5, FREE in adult £9 seats)
Generously sponsored by Andrea Frears
Photo: I Fagiolini (credit: Matthew Brodie)