Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible

Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible - 2 August 2019 © Matt Brodie

I Fagiolini

Martin Kemp

7:30pm, Friday 2 August 2019

St George's Church, Kendal

£18 Unreserved Seating

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Duration 100’ plus interval

The group are musical shapeshifters to a man, following Hollingworth's giddy, eclectic imagination wherever it leads, disarming with self-deprecation and silliness before devastating you with beauty. This is serious musicianship that never takes itself too seriously - the Holy Grail of concert-going. The Spectator

I Fagiolini pay winning tribute to Leonardo… Shaping the Invisiblea shimmering hymn of praise The Observer 5*

The end result is engrossing, sometimes profound & sometimes witty... a superb ensemble, outstanding in their range & versatility. Guardian 4*

 A beautiful son et lumiere journey through the mind of Leonardo: ... an ingenious “concept” programme that stirs the mind and heart, illuminates the past, and ravishes the ear... ultimately Leonardo loved music because it revealed a world beyond the senses, and in the final newly-composed piece, Adrian Williams’s hushed, awestruck Shaping the Invisible, that sense of reaching out to something unseen was made vividly real. The Telegraph 4*

Art and music mingle, one reflecting the other...their witty asides had the audience laughing, and the juxtaposition of images with music — static with fluid art forms — proved fascinating. The Times 4*

The ever-inventive and imaginative I Fagiolini returns to LDSM with its latest bold project. 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the greatest polymath the world has seen. Alongside his art, science and inventions, Leonardo wrote about music (his first job away from Florence was probably as a musician), and he described music as ‘shaping the invisible’.

Presented by its director Robert Hollingworth and leading da Vinci authority Martin Kemp, this evening delves into Leonardo’s mind, discussing his life’s work with illustrations of his iconic art and inventions illuminated through the lens of vocal music of the period. The event culminates in a newly-commissioned work by composer Adrian Williams and poet Gillian Clarke on the theme of Leonardo and scientific endeavour.

Event artists
I Fagiolini

Founded in 1986, I Fagiolini has made a name for innovative productions of music for vocal ensemble, including The Full Monteverdi (2004), a South African collaboration Simunye (2006) and in 2009 Tallis in Wonderland. read more

Martin Kemp

Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College. Oxford, Martin Kemp was trained in Natural Sciences and Art History at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute. His 25 books include The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat and The Human Animal in Western Art and Science. read more

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