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Concerto di Margherita December 2017

Tanja Vogrin  harp, voice
Rui Stähelin  lute, voice
Francesca Benetti   theorbo, voice
Ricardo Leitão Pedro  guitar, voice
Giovanna Baviera  viola da gamba, voice

What distinguishes the ensemble Concerto di Margherita is the practice of self-accompanied singing. The five members of the group sing and accompany themselves both solo and as an ensemble to create a wide and varied palette of sound, offering colourful interpretations of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italian vocal and instrumental repertoire. 

During their residency from 1 to 11 December, the ensemble will receive artistic coaching from Robert Hollingworth , innovative Director of I Fagiolini and specialist in Renaissance music. They will also be introduced to working with children by Cherry Forbes , Education Director of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and will receive training on ensemble management by Clare Norburn .

The ensemble will give two concerts during their residency. On Thursday 7 December they have been invited to the University of Huddersfield to give a lunchtime concert at 1.15pm followed by a masterclass for students. 

As the finale to their residency Concerto di Margherita will give a concert on Sunday 10 December at 5.00pm as part of the York Early Music Christmas Festival in the stunning surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall. Book tickets here .

Concerto di Margherita focuses on the historical practice of self-accompanied singing: all five musicians sing and accompany themselves on theorbo, viol, baroque guitar, harp and lute. In this way, the sound of five voices and five instruments melt into one musical gesture, creating a dynamic and exciting soundscape. The five members met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and founded the ensemble in 2014. The ensemble's main repertoire is Italian vocal and instrumental music of the late sixteenth century, with a focus on the works written for the self-accompanying musicians of the court of Ferrara. Concerto di Margherita has performed across Italy, France, Slovenia and Switzerland and has been invited to play in festivals around Europe.