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 Invisible, a 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.