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Red Priest - Handel in the Wind 2015

Thursday 28th May 2015

St John's Kirk of Perth, 19:30

This event was part of the 2015 Festival Programme.

9.30pm Finish Time

Piers Adams – recorders
Julia Bishop – violin
Angela East – cello
David Wright – harpsichord

Music by GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL (1685-1759) arranged by Red Priest
The Messiah Suite: Part 1
Overture - Comfort Ye - Every Valley
Sonata in F Major Op 2 No 4               
Larghetto - Vivace - Adagio - Alla Breve – Allegro
Largo and Passacaglia in G minor
Vo Far Guerra (from Rinaldo) for Harpsichord Solo
The Messiah Suite: Part 2
Shepherds and Angels – Eternal Source of Light – Darkness – The Blind Man – The Recorder Shall Sound
Zadok the Red Priest
Recorder Sonata in B Minor
Largo – Vivace – Furioso – Adagio – Alla Breve 
Lascia Ch’Io Pianga
The Harmonious Blacksmith Variations
The Messiah Suite: Part 3
Despised – Siciliano – Why do the Nations? – Breaking the Bonds – The Potter’s Vessel – Hallelujah

Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as “visionary and heretical,” “outrageous yet compulsive,” “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” “completely wild and deeply imaginative,” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humour” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”
Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given several hundred sell-out concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow December Nights Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bermuda Festival, and in most European countries, Japan, Australia, and throughout North and Central America. The group has been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) - the latter for the prestigious South Bank Show in 2005, which documented the launch of the Red Hot Baroque Show, an electrifying marriage of old music with the latest light and video technology.
In 2008 Red Priest launched its own record label, Red Priest Recordings, which is now the home for all of the recordings of the ensemble and its members, and has attracted much attention in the music press worldwide.  Recent releases have included a swashbuckling collection entitled “Pirates of the Baroque” and the group’s all-Bach blockbuster, “Johann, I'm Only Dancing.”
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Piers Adams has been heralded in the Washington Post as ‘the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today’.   He has performed in numerous festivals and at premiere concert halls throughout the world, including London’s Royal Festival, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, and as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Singapore Symphony and the BBC Symphony. Piers has made several solo CDs reflecting an eclectic taste, ranging from his award-winning Vivaldi début disc to David Bedford’s Recorder Concerto - one of many major works written for and premiered by him. He has also researched, arranged and recorded many classical, romantic, impressionist and folk-influenced showpieces, which are a mainstay of his recital programs.

Julia Bishop is one of the outstanding baroque violin specialists of her generation, with a virtuoso style described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘psychedelic’.   She has toured the world with most of the UK's leading period instrument orchestras, including the English Concert, of which she was a member for six years.  Julia has worked extensively as an orchestral leader and soloist, in particular with the celebrated Gabrieli Consort, with whom she has performed internationally and appeared on numerous discs for Deutsche Grammophon.  She has also appeared as concerto soloist with Florilegium, the Brandenburg Consort and the Hanover Band.

Angela East is widely respected as one of the most brilliant and dynamic performers in the period instrument world, praised in The Times, London, for the “elemental power” of her cello playing. She has given numerous concerto performances in London's Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, and has performed as soloist and continuo cellist with many of Europe's leading baroque orchestras, as well as with her own ensemble, the Revolutionary Drawing Room. Among her impressive list of concert credits are La Scala, Milan, Sydney Opera House, Versailles and Glyndebourne.   Her long awaited disc of Bach’s Cello Suites was recently released on Red Priest Recordings, together with a recital disc of popular baroque cello sonatas.

David Wright was an almost entirely self taught musician before gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes, including the International Broadwood Competition, and graduated with distinction. Since then he has worked with some of the world’s leading musicians including Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Steven Varcoe, and as a soloist with many groups of international renown. He has directed numerous concerts from the harpsichord, including the first modern performance of Arne's The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, and is guest conductor to several European orchestras. Much of David's time in recent years has been devoted to performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which he recorded in 2007 and has since toured extensively, and performed on TV and radio.   He joined Red Priest in 2011, taking over from his predecessor in a Dr. Who style regeneration event in BREMF 2010!


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