Photo: Malcolm Watson, Aldeburgh Music

Friends of I Fagiolini

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“The best Friends organisation by far that I know of.”  A recent Friend 

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I Fagiolini is unique (aren’t we all?) and it’s hard to say exactly why.  Teamwork and memorisation of repertoire, its dramatic daring and empathy with audiences worldwide, yes, but in the end it’s the group’s very special character.  By becoming a Fagiolini Friend/Parton you’ll gain insights into their really fascinating productions. (If you’re already a Friend, use the link above for newsletters, open rehearsal details and more.)

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

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.

The Friends have explored Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories and got fascinating insights into the composer’s psyche from forensic psychiatrist Dr Ruth McAllister. They’ve worked on the Striggio 40-part mass with professional musicians and most recently looked at Monteverdi both sacred and secular in his anniversary year with 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)

  • Regular email updates from the director, Robert Hollingworth
  • Access to back recording and video catalogue
  • Advance information about forthcoming concerts and projects
  • Opportunities to attend rehearsals (and bring cake!)
  • Private pre-concert talks
  • A chance to meet the performers.

Some of our supporters donate larger sums, which is of immense benefit to the work we do (suggested minimum donation £100; joint Patrons £150)

  • All the above
  • Attendance at any rehearsal
  • A free CD or DVD every year, with access to rare titles.

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The Friends organisation is administered by Adele Reynolds. Contact her at, 0117 967 3628, or 62 Pearsall Road, Longwell Green, South Gloucestershire, BS30 9BE

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

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