Photo: Malcolm Watson, Aldeburgh Music

Friends of I Fagiolini

“Can I join I Fagiolini?” James Bowman

“The best Friends organisation by far that I know of.”  An overkeen Friend

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.

Renaissance expert Hugh Keyte explodes with delight as Sally Dunkley and Robert Hollingworth disapprove.

The Friends Organisation exists to allow the public further insight into I Fagiolini’s productions, to gain a deeper understanding of its repertoire and to read Robert’s regular emails.

Benefits are listed below but the Friends also run singing days led by Robert.  In 2010 we explored Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories including a fascinating talk from forensic psychiatrist, Dr Ruth McAllister.  In April 2011, 60 Friends worked on the Striggio 40-part mass with instrumental involvement and in October a weekend on Monteverdi’s 4th book of madrigals will be run by Robert with special guest contributions from Matthew Brook (former Fagiolini baritone) and Richard Wistreich (an expert on Monteverdi’s own singers).

Choir II-III, Striggio 40-part mass day, April 2011

The Friends organisation is administered by Sandra Sell.

(If you’re already a Friend log in here for newsletters, open rehearsal details and more.)

Benefits

Friends
(£30 suggested minimum donation / £45 two people at one address)

  • Opportunities to attend certain rehearsals
  • Advance information about forthcoming concerts and what’s going on
  • Seasonal newsletters written by the director and singers
  • Free admission to pre-concert talks
  • A chance to meet the performers at an annual event in the parts of the UK
  • The possibility to make cakes and bring them to rehearsals.
  • Access to back recording and video catalogue

Patrons
Some of our supporters have indicated that they would like to donate a larger sum, which is of immense benefit to the work we do.
(£100 suggested minimum donation / £150 Two people at one address)

  • All the above
  • Attendance at any rehearsal
  • Free CD or DVD per year

How to join

Download a brochure about the Friends with full details (PDF file 800kb) or email a request for a hard copy or simple email form.  When completed, make cheques out to ‘I Fagiolini Charitable Trust’ and send to Sandra Sell at: South Stables, Tregenhorne, Steppy Downs Road, St Erth Praze, Cornwall TR27 6EE

The Friends of I Fagiolini is part of the I Fagiolini Charitable Trust, registered charity number 1116635

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