Baroque at the Edge

Imagine if Vivaldi was a folk-fiddler, Purcell a protest-singer, or Bach a techno-geek

Baroque at the Edge goes digital for 2021! All concerts and talks across the festival will be broadcast online without an in-person audience.

Save with the Baroque at the Edge Festival Pass, giving you access to all of the online concerts and zoom talks across the weekend for just £55.


Thursday 7 January 4pm
The Clerkenwell Ballad Walk

Vivien Ellis folksinger
Dafydd Wyn Phillips historian

Explore the streets and open spaces surrounding our venue, LSO St Luke’s, in a virtual historical tour lent musical colour by some of the popular ballads of years gone by.

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Friday 8 January 4pm
Synthesizer Demonstration: Truly, Madly, Moogly

Art of Moog

A practical showing of the immense capabilities of the synthesizer, the electronic instrument synonymous with ‘80s pop and famous in the 1960s for its role in ‘Switched on Bach’.

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Friday 8 January 7.30pm
Danse Eternelle

Sean Shibe guitar, lute

The stylish virtuoso of the classical guitar mixes dance-based compositions by 20th-century French figures such as Ravel and Poulenc with real dance tunes from the 1600s, played on the guitar’s ancestor, the lute.

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Saturday 9 January 1pm
Young Artists Showcase

Eliza Haskins recorder
Toril Azzalini-Machecler percussion

Two alumni of the 2020 BBC Young Musician competition join forces to explore music from the past and present, ranging from 17th-century Holland to some of their own arrangements and personal re-imaginings.

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Saturday 9 January 4pm
Illustrated talk and demonstration: Baroque Music as Speech

Rachel Podger violin

Join us live as Rachel (and her violin) explains how baroque composers used the ancient techniques of classical rhetoric to make their music talk.

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Saturday 9 January 7.30pm
Conversations in Concert

Rachel Podger violin
Abena-Essah Bediako performance poet
Isaiah Hull performance poet

Two of the UK’s outstanding young performance poets present brand-new poems they have written specially for this concert in response to music by Bach, Biber and Telemann played by of one of the world’s best-loved violinists.

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Saturday 9 January 9.30pm
Bach's Friends Electric

Art of Moog
Robin Bigwood synths, vocoder
Steven Devine synths
Annabel Knight wind synth
Martin Perkins synths, vocoder

A dazzling contemporary re-imagination of the colourfully creative sound-world for the music of Bach pioneered in the 1960s by original synth genius Wendy Carlos, here performed live.

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Sunday 10 January 1pm
Illustrated talk: Like Minds

Nicholas Mulroy tenor

Singer and Hispanicist Nicholas Mulroy investigates the cultural and political background to the giants of 1960s Latin-American song-writing, and demonstrates their musical affinities with the great song-composers of 17th-century Europe.

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Sunday 10 Janury 4pm

Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Elizabeth Kenny 
Toby Carr

In a brand-new exploration from three of this country’s most distinguished baroque musicians, songs of love, loss, religion and politics by 17th-century icons Purcell, Monteverdi and Strozzi speak across oceans and centuries to modern Latin-American ‘standards’ by the likes of Silvio Rodríguez and Caetano Veloso.

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Sunday 10 January 7.30pm

Lucy Crowe soprano
Tom Moore fiddle
La Nuova Musica
David Bates director

In another unique Baroque at the Edge collaboration, leading classical and folk musicians combine styles and skills in an uplifting celebration of the major role folk song and dance has played in European art music, from the Celtic fringe to the French court.

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