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 

“Can I join?” James Bowman

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Why is I Fagiolini unusual among vocal groups?  Teamwork and memorisation of repertoire, dramatic daring, empathy with audiences worldwide: in the end it’s the group’s very special character.  By becoming a Fagiolini Friend/Parton you’ll gain insights into their 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 with 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.

Benefits

Friends
(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.

Patrons
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.

The Fabaelous Club
This is a small group of donors who want to make a real difference to what we do in a world where public Arts funding (and music education – don’t get us started) is diminishing.  Entry is £1000 per annum and the benefits are so mysterious and wonderful that they cannot be writ.

Any queries on any of this, just click this link  friends@ifagiolini.com and you’ll get a quick response.  However joining the main group is easy – see below:

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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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