Photo: Malcolm Watson, Aldeburgh Music
“The best Friends organisation by far that I know of.” A recent Friend
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What makes I Fagiolini unique is its passion for Renaissance and contemporary vocal ensemble repertoire, its teamwork and memorisation of repertoire, its dramatic daring and empathy with audiences worldwide. Friends gain unique insights into I Fagiolini’s productions and a deeper understanding of its repertoire, with opportunities to see projects in the process of their creation. (If you’re already a Friend, use the link above for newsletters, open rehearsal details and more.)
Regular emails from Robert Hollingworth keep Friends abreast of what I Fagiolini is doing. Many Friends are also singers, and there are occasional singing days as well as priority booking for courses Robert is tutoring.
In 2010 the Friends explored Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories and got fascinating insights into the composer’s psyche from forensic psychiatrist Dr Ruth McAllister. In April 2011, sixty Friends worked on the Striggio 40-part mass with professional musicians.
In subsequent years we have had residential weekends at Hawkwood College and special guest contributions from Matthew Brook (former I Fagiolini baritone), Richard Wistreich (an expert on Monteverdi’s own singers) and singer Greg Skidmore. Friends have also had the best seat in the house at rehearsals of Monteverdi: The Other Vespers and sat right in the middle of the Striggio 40-part mass.
(suggested minimum donation £30; joint Friends £45)
Some of our supporters donate larger sums, which is of immense benefit to the work we do (suggested minimum donation £100; joint Patrons £150)
The Friends organisation is administered by Adele Reynolds. Contact her at email@example.com, 0117 967 3628, or 62 Pearsall Road, Longwell Green, South Gloucestershire, BS30 9BE
The Friends of I Fagiolini is part of the I Fagiolini Charitable Trust, registered charity number 1116635