As we enter theseason of remembrancein early November (including All Souls’ Day, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday),Figure invites you to an evening of reflective words and choral music featuring requiems by two great French composers,Gabriel Fauré(1845-1924) andMarc-Antoine Charpentier(1643-1704). City Music Foundation Artist, percussionist James Larter will be performing with Figure.
As both a music venue and a church, Union Chapelis an incredibly welcoming space, one that feels very aligned with Figure’s goal of offering more than just concerts, but experiences. It’s the perfect setting for this concert of sacred music, written for and first-performed in Christian funeral services. Figure hopes to capture some of thestillness, solemnity and poignancy of a church serviceby allowing the music space to breathe through moments of spoken and silent reflection and remembrance, led by aspecial guest speaker(to be announced).
Founded by conductor and harpsichordist Frederick Waxman and praised byThe Guardianfor its “good ideas, good musicians and good support”,Figure is a forward-thinking historical performance ensemble. In this concert, Figure will demonstratetwo very different historical performance stylesas it presents music from both the 17th and 19th centuries. In the Charpentier (thought to be composed in the 1670s) you can expect to see a ‘serpent’ (an ancestor of the tuba in the shape of a snake!); whilst in the Fauré (the 1893 chamber version) the string players will adopt the expressive playing style of late 19th-century France.
Figure’s previous events includeMozart’sGran Partita, a sell-out performance ofBach’sSt John Passion(praised for its “thrilling immediacy” by Michael Church, critic for The Independent), andHandel’s late operatic masterpieceSerseat Opera Holland Park (★★★★★ The Reviews Hub). Formed in the wake of the pandemic, a time when live music had almost evaporated, Figure has been shaped by the overwhelming desire to bring music back to live audiences. Prioritising intimacy in performance and the human connection which lends music so much of its meaning, Figure aims to marry the two by using space and light to bring audiences as close to their work as possible. Figure aims to offer more than just concerts, but experiences, as well as improving access to Classical music by taking it out of traditional venues and offering reduced-price tickets.
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