PIERS ADAMS – recorders
ADAM SUMMERHAYES – violin
ANGELA EAST – cello
DAVID WRIGHT – harpsichord
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 extraordinary 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” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”
Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given several hundred sell-out concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, 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 been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) - the latter for the prestigious South Bank Show in 2005, which documented the launch of the Red Hot Baroque Show, an electrifying marriage of old music with the latest light and video technology.
In 2008 Red Priest launched its own record label, Red Priest Recordings, which is now the home for all of the recordings of the ensemble and its members, and has attracted much attention in the music press worldwide. 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.’ Other releases have included a swashbuckling collection entitled “Pirates of the Baroque” and the group’s all-Bach blockbuster, “Johann, I'm Only Dancing.”
Some of you may be aware of the absence of violinist Julia Bishop. Julia decided to retire from the group so that she can spend more time with her young daughter Sylvie.
We have been very fortunate that Adam Summerhayes has been able to join the group and has played a huge part in creating the group’s new programme ‘The Baroque Bohemians’.
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