Istante Collective (27 October 2019)

A Baroquestock special concert



Sunday 27 October 2019 at 6 pm


  • Luigi Gatti: Sextet in Eb major for violin, viola, cello, cor anglais, bassoon and bass
  • F. J. Haydn: "Deh soccorri un infelice" - Clelia's aria from l'infedelta' premiata
  • W. A. Mozart: "batti batti bel Masetto" from Don Giovanni - Arranged for small ensemble and mezzo soprano
  • W. A. Mozart: Divertimento K251 for 2 violins, viola, bass, oboe and 2 horns

Istante Collective

  • Alto - Emily Gray
  • Violins - Gabi Mass, Sophia Prodanova
  • Viola - Sam Kennedy
  • Cello - Alex Rolton
  • Bass - John-Henry Baker
  • Oboe - Nicola Barbagli
  • Bassoon - Catriona McDermid
  • Horns - Dave Horwich, Daniel de Souza

At Heath Street Baptist Church. See map and get directions.

Tickets £10 in advance available here / £12 on the door.
Students £5 with your photo ID card (on the door only).

Our first Baroquestock autumn concert of 2019 starts with the end of the 18th century in Salzburg. On one side of the town the young Mozart is writing a septet divertimento for his sister's name day, and on the other side is Luigi Gatti, the official Kappelmaister (and therefore considered much more important than the Mozart fam), busy producing masses and all sorts of celebration music for his 'boss', Archbishop Colleredo. But he still finds time to create some really very peculiar chamber music for the talented musicians of the court orchestra. In Gatti's Sextet you'll be able to hear very demanding parts written for cor angais and cello!

Our concert will also include two opera arias arranged for small ensemble and sung by our friend and wonderful mezzo-soprano Emily Gray. It's not just us who think she's incredible:

“One performer stood out as already knowing how to use her dramatic and vocal skills to the utmost: mezzo-soprano Emily Gray (Ottavia).”
The Guardian & Observer, July 2017

“As in Stephen McNeff’s Banished last year, the mezzo-soprano Emily Gray stood out, a memorable Ottavia vocally and dramatically.  She’s not afraid to take risks, as witness her barely voiced ‘Addio Roma’, the first syllable endlessly stammered as she struggled to utter her farewell.  Given such command and her distinctively grainy mezzo, Gray is a charismatic singer-actress to watch.”
Opera Magazine, September 2017

Aanyway back to the story... So around this time in Salzburg, when an opera was successful, publishers and young composers would be ready to produce arrangements of the 'best bits'. In this way the music could be circulated among small courts, amateur musicians, provincial theatres... fortunately/unfortunately they didn't recordings back then. We aim to make this as a 'tradition' of our concerts, and give you the best bits, just like the chocolate balls.

Enjoy the concert with our special baroquestock hot chocolate which will be available at the Apothecary bar, as well as amazing homemade cakes, of course.

Istante Collective

We are a period-instrument collective and the house band for Baroquestock.

We are musically open-minded, meaning we don’t restrict ourselves to one point in time or genre, but play music that we love and are curious about. We refer to these curiosities as little things in odd shapes.

When not performing with Istante, the ensemble’s individual members appear internationally with prestigious ensembles including the the English Baroque Soloists/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Concerto Italiano, Philharmonia Orchestra, and English Chamber Orchestra.

Since forming in 2016, the ensemble has performed in a range of venues in the UK and abroad, including the Newbury Festival, St Stephen’s Festival of the Arts in London and Classica Aurora series in Arezzo (Italy), and was selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme in 2017.

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