"For sheer technical wizardry, charismatic showmanship and expressive devilment, Red Priest is in a exhilarating class of it’s own."
BBC Music Magazine
3rd Floor Art Gallery
Salts Mill, Victoria Road
Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA
Piers Adams – Recorders
Adam Summerhayes – Violin
Angela East – Cello
David Wright – Harpsichord
Gypsy Baroque Fantasy
Music by Biber, Costello, Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi, Janos Bihari and Hungarian folk melodies
The Early Music Shop is delighted to present a concert at Salts Mill by Red Priest, one of the UK’s pre-eminent baroque music ensembles. The world-famous red-hot-baroque quartet led by ‘superhuman’ recorder player Piers Adams and with the devilish fiddler, Adam Summerhayes, transform into an imaginary gypsy band. They re-live the wild gypsy-esque virtuosity of early Baroque masters, explore melodies from a 1730 Slovakian fiddler’s tune-book, revel in the gypsy-influenced music of Telemann and re-imagine music by Handel and the Red Priest himself – all in their own inimitable, high-octane style. Positively volcanic!
‘Superhuman’ The Washington Post Piers Adams – Recorders
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On 28 February, over 700 Bradford primary school children will get to hear live music performed at the highest possible level when they attend two exciting and inspirational concerts performed by the ensemble Red Priest, in Victoria Hall in Saltaire. Red Priest, a maverick early-music band with an international reputation and a strong track-record of work with children, will be performing their newest programme, ‘Gypsy Baroque Fantasy’ As these daytime concerts for local schoolchildren are being sponsored by the Arts Council, tickets are free. It is hoped the concerts will increase awareness of and participation in music activities in the area, and will reach children who might not normally attend such an event, encouraging them to engage with the performing arts and enjoy some of the wider benefits that this brings.
The event is also sponsored by local business The Early Music Shop and by the Society of Recorder Players (Walter Bergmann Memorial Fund), and is organised by local recorder teacher Fiona Smith.
Red Priest will complete the day in Saltaire with an evening performance in the 3rd Floor Gallery of Salts Mill. In its most explosive programme to date Red Priest explores the connections - real and imagined - between gypsy musicians and the master composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Were early baroque maestri such as Castello and Biber inspired by the insane virtuosity and improvisational skills of the travelling gypsies of the time, or did the gypsies up their game when they heard the dazzling new instrumental techniques developed in court and church? And how might the music of Handel or Vivaldi sound in the hands of an 18th century (or more modern) gypsy band? Exploring the Eastern European folk influences ever present in the music of Telemann, and the recently discovered Uhrovska Collection of gypsy dance tunes from 1730, Red Priest combines its trademark baroque dynamism with true gypsy mayhem!
The Early Music Shop based at Salts Mill, is delighted to host this concert. Pre-concert suppers will be available in Salts Diner 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
Tickets £15 (inc interval glass of wine)
Children (under 14) £10
Available now from The Early Music Shop 01274 288100
Further information from Heather Sager T: 0113 2888819 E: firstname.lastname@example.org