CMCI’s Dr Nick Wilson gave an invited talk titled ‘: Period Performance’ at the South Bank Centre, Purcell Room. This formed part of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s ‘Gamechanger’ series this season (they are an orchestra in residence). The study day was hosted by Catherine Bott, singer and presenter, formerly of Radio 3 and now Classic FM. Other speakers included Richard Wigmore, internationally renowned author and writer on the Viennese Classical period (a regular speaker on Radio 3’s CD Review), and Lisa Beznosiuk, Principal Flute of the OAE.
Nick’s talk was based on his new book The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age. He showed how the British early music movement has developed to a point of representing the norm for performance of much classical music repertoire. The audience was particularly interested in seeing and hearing a TV clip of pioneer of early music, David Munrow, performing with his Early Music Consort of London in the mid-1970s. Forty or so years on, his performance remains dazzling in its virtuosic technique, energy and enthusiasm; surely an inspiration for any performer today.