Hi everyone — and a warm welcome to our new blog!
We’re off to France with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge today: over the next week we’ll be celebrating the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi’s Vespers (which were first published in Venice in July 1610) with performances in Saint Malo, Lessay and La Chaise Dieu. While the band is on the road, AAM cellist Cassandra Luckhardt will be keeping us up to date with all their latest news.
Cassandra is one of a number of players who’ll be bringing the sounds of early seventeenth-century Italy back to life with a rather unusual instrument – she is playing the tenor violin, a cross between a viola and a cello which plays an octave lower than a violin and is held upright in the player’s lap. The performances will also feature cornetts, sackbutts, a theorbo and a bass violin.