FREE Lunchtime Concert: Ensemble Nova Luce
Representing the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Reger – Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola Op 141a in G major
Haydn – Symphony No 101 in D major ‘The Clock’ arr. JP Salomon for Flute, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello (Bass) and Piano
Ensemble Nova Luce
Hélène Favre-Bulle Piano
Rosie Bowker Flute
Marie Schreer Violin I
Will Newell Violin II
Henrietta Hill Viola
Naomi McLean Cello
Gwen Reed Double Bass
A chamber ensemble formed in 2015 by postgraduate students and fellows of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Ensemble Nova Luce has performed across London at venues including St James’s Paddington, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, St Pancras New Church, St Mary-le-bow Church, and at the Bloom Late Arts Festival and Orpheus & Bacchus Festival in France. They have received coaching from Jacqueline Ross and David Dolan and participated in a masterclass with world-renowned improviser, Robert Levin.
Ensemble Nova Luce aims to explore unusual Classical repertoire and to perform the chamber arrangements of well-loved orchestral scale compositions. This objective stems from the historical convention of Classical music being performed at home as a form of recreation. The music of the compositional titans such as Haydn and Mozart could then be played in an intimate setting among friends, enjoyed from the comfort of the living room.
Another art-form the ensemble explores is improvisation, which during the time of Haydn and Mozart was part of the performers innate skill-set. It was expected of them and was the norm. It is now a much rarer occurrence to experience today in the concert hall, perhaps as a consequence of the birth of recordings, whereby the view that scores are ‘fixed’ and only that which is written down can be heard has grown. We aim to diverge from the idea of the ‘perfect pristine’ recording sound expected so much these days and explore the real joy of playing in a chamber setting, among friends, and we invite you to join us.
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FREE Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, with a suggested donation of £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s