Young south Northants musicians’ inspiring project with Fiori Musicali

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Classical musicians of the future have been teamed up with the experienced professionals of Fiori Musicali in the build-up to a public concert on Saturday.

The project, called Young Musicians Bow Baroque, was developed for students of Towcester’s Saturday Centre run by Northants Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) and follows on from last year’s Baroque Strings project.

Pictured above are young violinists, viola players and cellists from Towcester and Potterspury with the director of Fiori Musicali Penelope Rapson, Claire Babington (baroque cello) and Maja Wejrzynowska (baroque viola) and NMPAT String Sinfonia director Corinne Malitskie, at the first workshop at Grendon Hall.

The project is partly funded by South Northants Council (SNC) and Northants County Council which allocated some of the Second Homes Money to support positive youth activities.

It culminates in an exciting Baroque Double Bill matinee concert at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough at 2.45pm tomorrow. The students will perform pieces by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel alongside experienced professionals from the Fiori Musicali Orchestra, who will also be performing a full evening programme.

Founded in 1983 by director Dr Penelope Rapson, Fiori Musicali’s repertoire stretches from late renaissance to early romantic and beyond.

The group champions music from England’s renaissance and baroque, with a particular fondness for the English choral tradition.

Councillor Rosie Herring, SNC’s portfolio holder for community wellbeing said: “This opportunity will give the local young string players a memorable and useful experience, enabling them to learn a special musical style and perform alongside some of Fiori Musicali’s international players.”,

Alaster Thom, deputy head of NMPAT, said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for our talented young string players to work with Fiori Musicali players at their local centres and perform at The Castle Theatre. I am sure they will find it truly inspirational.

“Our older students, many of them hoping to make a career in music, will learn a lot from the experts, spending valuable time finding out how to play with baroque bows and instruments with the Fiori players to produce a stylish performance.”

As well as young musicians from the Towcester area, talented older pupils from NMPAT’s County String Sinfonia worked with key players from Fiori Musicali, learning about how the music of Handel would have been performed when it was first written early in the 18th century.

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