Bach, Handel and Mozart by Candlelight
Handel – Favourite Arias including Where’er You Walk
Pachelbel – Canon
Bach – Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3
Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Rosina Fabius Contralto
Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1988 from London’s leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and vital manner, often without a conductor, but principally for the players’ own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the audience.
Through their regular London season at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the South Bank and on BBC Radio 3, London Octave has attracted a loyal following of concert goers who appreciate their vitality and virtuosity. This, coupled with their programmes based on major and accessible works, has established them as one of the leading chamber orchestras in Britain. The members, many of whom have distinguished individual careers, frequently take turns as soloists and leading musicians are often invited to work with the ensemble. During recent seasons, artists include John Lill, Nick van Bloss,William Bennett, Crispian Steele Perkins, Lorraine McAslan, Yvgeny Sudbin, James Bowman, The Tallis Chamber Choir.
London Octave has taken part in CD recordings with James Bowman (counter-tenor) and recently gave a concert in Istanbul with the Turkish flautist Halit Turgay.
London Octave’s CD, Better Baroque, featuring well known baroque masterpieces received great acclaim, being described as, “an absolute gem full of sparkle and wit” in Metro. Time Out commented, “Forget the routine baroque, this is better baroque”. Dutton recently released a new CD by London Octave (conductor Kypros Markou) featuring works by the early 20th century American composers A.Foote and V.Herbert.
Rosina Fabius was born into a musical family. Her English grandmother was the pianist and composer, Margot Wright and her parents are professional musicians (cello and viola). From the age of 4 Rosina took part in the family’s musical activities by playing the piano and the cello but at the age of 14 she discovered her talent for singing and decided that she wanted to become an opera singer. After completing her secondary school she was accepted as a pupil of Henny Diemer at the Utrecht Conservatory where she graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree in 2013. Rosina is currently finishing her Master of Music course in Utrecht during which period she studied for one year at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW) in Vienna with Professors Claudia Visca and Gabriele Fontana. Currently she is being coached by the Welsh soprano Rosemary Joshua.
In 2014 Rosina was engaged by Holland Opera to sing the role of La Messagiera and La Speranza in their production of Orfeo Underground based on Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Several performances in the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival with Studio 32 Utrecht included the role of Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro, W.A. Mozart) in the Festival’s production of NozzeDonCosi. She also took part in a production of Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin) with the Gelders Orkest. During her study in Vienna in 2015 Rosina was invited by the opera class of the MDW to sing the title role of Handel’s opera Julius Caesar. In May 2016 Rosina was part of the “New Voices” programme of the Operadagen Rotterdam.