Vivaldi Four Seasons and Gloria by Candlelight
A magnificent pairing of Vivaldi’s most famous works – Persephone Gibbs leads the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists in the Four Seasons, and they are joined by Rupert Gough and the Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway for the Gloria.
Vivaldi – Four Seasons
Vivaldi – Gloria
Choir of Royal Holloway
Brandenburg Baroque Soloists
Persephone Gibbs Violin
Rupert Gough Conductor
NB a reduced price combined ticket will be available for this evening’s two concerts from the St Martin’s box office.
The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. Their recordings on the Hyperion label have attracted top reviews from all major music publications. Equally at home on the concert platform, the choir gives around 40 concerts a year with a particular specialism in music from the late renaissance and contemporary music, especially from the Baltic States. Their most recent collaboration with Tim Garland and Acoustic Triangle sees an exciting crossover between contemporary choral music and jazz.
Persephone Gibbs’ education ran the gamut from studying with violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School, through English and law degrees, to improvising and writing songs with a rock band. Her interest in period performance was cemented while studying with David Takeno and Rachel Podger at the Guildhall School of Music, where she won prizes for chamber music and solo Bach performance.
Hailed by Time Out as a ‘rising star of the baroque violin,’ Persephone is director/soloist in the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists’ series of concerto programmes at St Martin-in-the-Fields and leads the group’s performances of the major baroque choral repertoire. Persephone also leads Devon Baroque, the Temple Players, Charivari Agréable Simfonie and the Bampton Classical Players, with whom she has appeared as soloist at the Wigmore Hall. She led Opera Theatre Company’s productions of Orlando and Alcina at the Buxton Festival.
Persephone has appeared as soloist and guest leader with Florilegium, the Festive Orchestra of London and the Orchestra da Camera Lorenzo Da Ponte. She was recently a featured soloist with the English Concert in Radio 3’s Baroque Spring season.
An interest in early Italian repertoire has led Persephone to work with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and I Fagiolini. She played the pre-recorded ritornelli for Silent Opera’s innovative production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo this year.
Persephone has co-founded two chamber groups: the Constanze Quartet, which performs the classical and early romantic string quartet repertoire; and Gut Instinct, which explores seventeenth and eighteenth century music for two or, more unusually, three violins and continuo. Both groups enjoy presenting neglected composers in the context of their more famous contemporaries, and Persephone’s research has unearthed pieces not regularly performed in centuries.
Persephone regularly guest lectures at City University on historical performance and period string instruments; she frequently directs undergraduate performance workshops there as well.
Persephone is a member of the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.