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Moscow Premiere of the St. Marcus Passion!

Well, it has been a while since we’ve posted! However, it is great to be able to open up the new year with an announcement that the Boysen completion of the JS Bach “Marcus Passion” will have it’s Moscow premiere at the impressive [Zaryadye Hall](https://zaryadyehall.com/afisha/barokko/bakh-strasti-po-marku-/).

As you might have already realised from our past posts, our Artistic Director (Jorn Boysen), is also an accomplished composer. One of his greatest compositions to date is the completion of the fragmented “Markus Passion” by JS Bach. You can hear many parts of this completion on previous posts on our Steem account or on other social media.

Unfortunately, the orchestra is not going along with Jorn for this performance. He will be conducting and directing the performance, but with a local Ensemble and Choir. Namely:

Dilara Idrisova, soprano
Polina Shamaeva, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Glaubitz, tenor
Julian Redlin, bass
Intrada Vocal Ensemble
and Pratum Integrum Baroque Orchestra

[Ticket sales](https://zaryadyehall.com/afisha/barokko/bakh-strasti-po-marku-/) have just begun, and we wish Jorn the best of luck for the big day on the 12th of April, 2019!

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Finalising a programme for Sligo Baroque Festival.

 

At any point in time, we have certain set programmes that we have current and can easily bring to performance level in a relatively short time. These are programmes that we have performed before and that we know work well, both with the performers and the audience reception. Normally, we have a few of these programmes of varying length, ensemble size and musical focus. Naturally, the longer the programme or the more musicians that are used, the more expensive the programme is for the concert organiser. As we aim to target a large variety of concert venues of diverse funding, we have to be able to present a concert menu that might have something of interest for podiums of all sizes and tastes.

Sometimes, a concert organiser would like to tweak one of our set concerts. This is normally not a difficult task if the number and types of musicians doesn’t change. However, if the makeup of the ensemble changes drastically, then it can be a much trickier proposition, as often the concert organiser would like the same price that was offered for the non-altered programme.

Other times, we work together with the concert organiser to produce a completely new and interesting (hopefully!) programme that is tailor made for the festival. There will be a request for certain themes or instrumentation, and we will do our best to research and discover works that fit the requests. This research can often be quite time consuming, both in time and potentially travel (to libraries that hold manuscripts throughout Europe), in addition, there will be a great deal of “back and forth” emails and phone calls to make sure that every last piece is just right for the concert (both for us, and the the concert organiser!).


Earlier in the year (or was it last year!), we were invited to give the opening concert for the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music. There was a special request for a concert that included winds that focused upon music that would have been performed in mid-18th century Dublin and Dresden. It was a pretty interesting request, and these sorts of things are catnip to our Artistic Leader, the thought of being able to research and discover interesting connections and compositions that linked Dublin and Dresden was quite enticing.

In the 18th century, Dresden was a hotbed of musicians (and composers, the two professions were the same at that time). Famous performers such as Hasse, Graun, Heinichen and Pisendel made their home there and contributed enormously to the production and performance of music in the famous city. To this day, there is still an important archive of music in Dresden that has survived the ravages of time (although, much of it was lost in the World Wars of the 20th century).

So, with the research and discovery phase well underway, there was also the problem of logistics. Our group normally has a core of mostly string players and some singers/actors, and so a wind programme (with strings) would require additional players to be brought on board whilst staying withing the budget that was available. To minimise the travel/accomdation costs, we settled on a solution of having the bulk of our rehearsals with wind musicians that were local to us, and then having a short rehearsal period in Sligo with a string section that was augmented with local string players (local to Sligo).

… and so, that is where we stand now for a concert later this year. The behind the scenes planning of the programme and logistics has taken around a year, for a concert that will be about an hour long! This is the side of the performances that the audience will never get to see!

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