Vivaldi - Gloria - St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Performing at St. Martin-in-the-Fields is always a privilege. The site on the North-East corner of London's iconic Trafalgar Square has a fascinating history dating back to Roman times (c.410 AD). A magnificent example of Neoclassical architecture, the current building was designed by architect James Gibbs and construction was completed in 1726.


Concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields tend to attract sizeable and international audiences. With the proximity of many theatres and other venues, and taking into account the enormous variety of entertainment on offer around the capital, I find it incredibly encouraging that so many visitors choose to attend performances at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. It's hardly surprising though, as there is a varied programme of events on offer, with exceptionally talented performers performing well-known music in concerts of an exceptional calibre - happening right in the heart of London.

On this occasion, the 25th February 2017, the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists performed Bach's 'Concerto for Two Violins in D minor' (BWV 1043) and the 'Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major' (BWV1048), both were directed by lead violinist Adrian Butterfield.

In the second half of the concert, the ensemble was joined by conductor Mark Gotham and the Chapel Choir of Churchill College, Cambridge, as well as oboist, Geoff Coates and natural trumpet player, Russell Gilmour. The orchestra and choir performed Vivaldi s 'Gloria' - with many excellent moments all round. The two soloists, Natasha Day and Katie Coventry were brilliant, both individually and together - their duet in 'Laudamus te' was beautiful. Mark Gotham directed the ensemble with enthusiasm and vitality and it was a very enjoyable performance. The final movement, 'Cum Sancto Spiritu' was full of energy and the final chord of the concert was just perfect, resounding throughout the wonderful acoustic space inside St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Thanks to all in the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, and in particular to their Artistic Director Robert Porter. 

Russell Gilmour
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