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  • The Musicall Compass
    and Audio Projects Reviews Director Sidebar Skip The Musicall Compass is an ensemble of voices and period instruments directed by Crispin Lewis specialising in baroque and renaissance music ABOUT US

    Original URL path: http://www.themusicallcompass.com/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Biography | The Musicall Compass
    the aim of presenting ancient works in new and unexpected contexts The Musicall Compass has performed a large repertoire of baroque cantatas oratorios and operas as well as contemporary opera The ensemble has performed on many occasions at Wigmore Hall at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre live on BBC Radio 3 at the Purcell Room St John s Smith Square as well as at St James s Piccadilly

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  • Video and Audio | The Musicall Compass
    in baroque and renaissance music Video and Audio Bach Motets a collaboration with contemporary dance at St John s Smith Square Bach Motets from Blue Raincloud on Vimeo Handel Dixit Dominus live performance from London s WIgmore Hall This browser cannot play the embedded audio file Et in Secula Seculorum This browser cannot play the embedded audio file Conquasabit This browser cannot play the embedded audio file Bach Brandenburg concerto

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  • Projects / Reviews | The Musicall Compass
    They were completely in synch and harmonised beautifully together It was really neat to see the choir actually start to move together with the dancers which is something you do not see every day in such a traditional concert space One of the highlights for me was when two of the singers broke off unexpectedly from the choir and started to join the dancers attempting to imitate their graceful movements It brought quite a comedic moment to the piece and showed both a sense of humour and theatricality When I asked Julia what inspired her to collaborate in such a classical setting she said I was really excited about the piece because working with dancers and musicians is something I love and this was a chance to do it in a very interesting way A collaboration of this kind is interesting for sure and also full of potential Conductor Crispin Lewis seeks to explore the possibilities of interaction between musicians and dancers and if one of his objectives is to spread the beauty of baroque music to a wider audience I think he is moving in the right direction Melissa Peleschi Hackney Hive Haydnʼs Seven Last Words re imagined an orchestra spoken word and contemporary dance collaboration first performed at St Jamesʼs Piccadilly London Haydnʼs Seven Last Words performed by The Musicall Compass and conducted by Crispin Lewis is combined with contemporary dance choreographed by Jo Meredith and newly written dramatic dialogue by poet Oliver Reynolds The original orchestral version of Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze was written by Haydn in response to a very specific request to provide a series of slow musical interludes to the sequence of seven phrases and sermons which made up the Good Friday service at Cadiz in Spain Inspired by the the atmosphere darkness and drama evoked in Haydnʼs own vivid description of this original performance the idea for this production was conceived not with the aim of reconstructing the original event but of creating a new equivalent context for the work Beyond simply playing Haydnʼs score or interspersing it as has often been done with selections of recited poetry this production attempts to create an overall ceremony in which it can exist by combining elements of dance and spoken word with the music presented in its original form Without any specific or direct religious references the text and dance employ allusion and symbolism to connect text to dance dance to music music to text through the use of overlapping choregraphic musical and linguistic motifs Oliver Reynoldʼs dramatic dialogue is performed by two actors and centres on two twenty first century characters exploring their relationship with death and hope their story embodies a narrative arc which takes the audience through the whole performance While dancers interact with both actors and musicians Crispin Lewis conducts the period instrument orchestra of The Musicall Compass which plays Haydn s music unaltered but in this re invented context Reviews Glimpses of dance and echoes of

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  • Director, Crispin Lewis (external website) | The Musicall Compass
    Biography Video and Audio Projects Reviews Director Sidebar Skip The Musicall Compass is an ensemble of voices and period instruments directed by Crispin Lewis specialising in baroque and renaissance music

    Original URL path: http://www.themusicallcompass.com/crispin-lewis.html (2016-02-14)
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