Red Priest to bring their 'Baroque Extravaganza' to Malmesbury Abbey this weekend

By Jessica Durston - 24 January 2023

Arts and Culture

The 'break all rules' band will be bringing their take on baroque music to Malmesbury Abbey on Saturday 28 January. 

Doors will open at 7pm. 

This show has been rescheduled and given a new date - organisers wish to remind individuals that all tickets already purchased for the previous date will remain valid. 

A spokesperson for the band said: "Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil."

This acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as 'visionary and heretical,' 'outrageous yet compulsive,' 'wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,' 'completely wild and deeply imaginative,' with a 'red-hot wicked sense of humour.'

Founded in 1997, and named after the red-headed priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given over 1000 sell-out concerts at festivals around the world, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow December Nights Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bermuda Festival, and in most European countries, Japan, Australia, and throughout North and Central America.

The group has also been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) - the latter for the South Bank Show in 2005.

In 2008, Red Priest launched its own record label, which is now the home for all of the recordings of the ensemble and its members. 

The band's spokesperson continues: "Gramophone said of the group's 'Handel in the Wind' CD 'Quite brilliant... some of the most extraordinary instrumental playing you're likely to hear', whilst their iconic recording of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' was hailed in the same publication as one of the four all-time best recordings of the work.

"Other releases have included a swashbuckling collection entitled 'Pirates of the Baroque', the group's all-Bach blockbuster, 'Johann, I'm Only Dancing', and 'The Baroque Bohemians', which surprised the major labels by reaching No.1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart in 2017."

The band's line up consists of:

  • Piers Adams - Recorders 
  • Julia Bishop - Violin
  • Angela East - Cello
  • David Wright - Harpsichord

Tickets are priced at £22.50 and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/red-priest-a-baroque-extravaganza-tickets-397037548997

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