I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini’s consort and solo singing are exemplary...

Gramophone

... a superb ensemble, outstanding in their range and versatility.

The Guardian

This is serious musicianship that never takes itself too seriously - the Holy Grail of concert-going.

The Spectator

I Fagiolini

Director: Robert Hollingworth

I Fagiolini is internationally renowned for its genuinely innovative productions. “The group are musical shapeshifters, following Hollingworth's giddy, eclectic imagination wherever it leads.” Signature projects have included The Full Monteverdi and Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama, an immersive theatre piece sung to the music of Gesualdo with dancers and singers set in 'crime scenes' by John La Bouchardière; Tallis in Wonderland, a new way of hearing polyphony with live and recorded voices; Simunye, the South African collaboration; How Like An Angel (HLAA), with Australian contemporary circus company C!RCA for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and performed at the Perth International Arts Festival, New York and in cathedrals across Europe.

Recent projects include three performances in the VOCES8 Foundation’s new online festival series LIVE From London: Monteverdi for which I Fagiolini is renowned, Long, Long, Ago - Messe De Minuit a joyous Christmas Eve programme of Charpentier, Howells and Dylan Thomas, and Re-Wilding The Waste Land with Tamsin Greig narrating. A short series of three films for socially distanced chamber musicians, #NotInThisTogether (Le Zoom, Phone-y Canzone-y, and Cake Mix), and also a weekly educational and outreach series Sing The Score funded by ACE and University of York. New podcast ‘choral chat’ collaboration, Choral Chihuahua, with The Sixteen’s Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan has been winning admirers globally. 

LIVE From London Monteverdi Highlights

New short a cappella film THE STAG HUNT, a modern satire about aristocracy, extinction and the environment, based on La Chasse by Renaissance composer Clément Janequin and directed by John La Bouchardière. It was released on Boxing Day 2020 in association with the Born Free Foundation.

THE STAG HUNT Official Trailer

I Fagiolini explored 'Art through the prism of Music' with leading da Vinci expert Professor Martin Kemp in Leonardo - Shaping the Invisible celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death in music and image. The album Leonardo - Shaping the Invisible is available through CORO, and tracks were premiered at the National Gallery in its own da Vinci 500 celebrations. Following its success, Robert and music from the album appears in Phil Grabsky’s new da Vinci film for Exhibition on Screen Leonardo: The Works. The film received its UK premiere at Chichester Film Festival and appeared in cinemas across the world including Dubai and Vancouver film festivals.

Other notable work includes a celebration of Monteverdi's 450th anniversary featuring performances of Flaming Heart1610 VespersThe Other Vespers, and L’Orfeo at venues including Glyndebourne, AMUZ, Cadogan Hall for the BBC Proms and Queen’s Hall as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2019 the production developed with director Thomas Guthrie’s use of masks with performances in Stour, York and London. 

I Fagiolini’s recordings on Decca Classics includes Striggio Mass in 40 parts (2011 Early Music Gramophone and Diapason D’or Award), Monteverdi: The Other Vespers, Amuse-Bouche (French Choral Delicacies), and 1612 Italian Vespers. The group is an Associate Ensemble at the University of York.

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