Fiori Musicali stage Vivaldi

MHDE'Fiori Musicali performer 'Dunchurch
MHDE'Fiori Musicali performer 'Dunchurch

PRESTON Capes music ensemble Fiori Musicali will be presenting a programme of popular chamber concertos by Vivaldi next week.

It will take place in the Pugin Chapel at Bilton Grange School close to Dunchurch on Thursday, May 30.

This concert comes about through Fiori’s growing links with Bilton Grange School. For some time now, singers from the Fiori Musicali choir have been joining in and supporting director of music James Gorick’s Saturday Motet Group there.

Some of Fiori’s principal woodwind players, alongside director Penelope Rapson on harpsichord, will visit the school with aconcert of virtuosic concertos by Vivaldi.

Penelope, who founded Fiori said: “We are looking forward to this concert enormously. We will be opening a door on the vibrant baroque world of Vivaldi.

“Venice was the place to be in the early 1700s. Lots of famous composers including Albinoni and Vivaldi worked there and Vivaldi was really the musical Lloyd Webber of his day, a hugely charismatic figure, always putting on new shows.

“Fiori will be performing music for oboe, recorders, bassoon, violin and harpsichord that Vivaldi wrote specially for some visiting musicians. It’s also showcasing players such as Gail Hennessy on oboe, one of the foremost exponents of the baroque oboe in Britain, and she is hugely popular with the public as Fiori’s principal oboeist.”

The young people at Bilton Grange School will also be getting to meet the musicians. Heidi Fardell (Fiori’s recorder pro) and Gail Hennessy (oboe) will spend time with youngsters in workshops.

Tickets cost between £15 and £20 with 20 per cent off for children, students, unemployed and blue badge holders. Price includes a buffet reception with wine at 7pm. Call the Fiori Musicali box office on 01327 360931 or email The concert begins at 7.30pm.