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Lundonia Artists

Lundonia Artists’ mission is to visually and aurally stimulate and engage audiences in the live performance of small-to-medium ensemble music, primarily from Western European traditions, in ways that take into account the historical context of when the music was first composed and performed.

The skills and services we offer include:

  • Live musical acts (headline, support, background or incidental music) from individual soloists to any size instrumental, vocal or mixed ensemble, orchestra or choir
  • Providing musicians to accompany instrumentalists and/or singers, vocal ensembles, church choirs and community choruses in music of their choosing
  • Live studio performance and recording (TV, radio, www, etc.) with or without click track, backing track or band, or conductor
  • Composing, transcribing and arranging music for any type of musical ensemble, in any genre
  • Instrumental and vocal teaching and coaching, including running private or corporate workshops and leading public masterclasses
  • Provision of live music as background and/or foreground entertainment for public, private and corporate events of any kind (weddings, launches, award ceremonies etc.)
  • Experienced, charismatic and polished musical acts (headlining and/or supporting) for theatres, cruise ships, hotels, festivals, retirement and nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, etc.
  • Historically-aware performances, using equipment, techniques and contemporary (i.e. as authentic as possible) stylistic interpretation of the music we perform
  • Highly engaging musical education and therapy and involving those with limited access to high-quality live performances, including schools, hospitals, care homes, prisons, etc.
  • Stimulating visual presentation, including costume, set and graphic design linked to the nature of the music we present

We have an immense repertoire and can perform anything that could feasibly be played or sung by a professionally-trained ensemble, if given sufficient notice together with sufficient resources to compose, transcribe and/or arrange and prepare the works(s) for performance, as may be required for a particular project.

We present music in venues ranging from prison cells to revolving skyscraper restaurants, from small tents to massive stone castles, from local community centres to grand international hotels, from local churches to vast cathedrals, from canal boats and river steamships to cruise liners plowing the great oceans. Whether it’s it a private dwelling, a local community centre, eating or drinking establishment, village or town hall, concert hall, opera house, church, mosque, temple, arena, coliseum, valley, meadow, natural bowl, hilltop, or recording studio: if we can safely get ourselves to a location with ourselves and instruments intact, we can make music there.

We enjoy playing in costume, including in historically accurate dress, if it matches your desired performance style.For example, we can present medieval, renaissance, baroque and classical-era performances apparelled in the fashion of the time that the music was written, in as authentic or as fanciful style as you might like. For example:

  • A Handel and/or Vivaldi “tribute band” performing music of the 17th & 18th centuries in an historically-accurate manner (e.g. with gut strings and period bows, at a lower pitch) attired in courtly late-Baroque style (e.g. powdered wigs, tunics, tights, etc.)
  • A Bach lookalike conducting his own music from the harpsichord
  • Medieval and renaissance singers and instrumentalists playing folk-inspired tunes and songs
  • A modern-instrument chamber orchestra (e.g. 30 players) dressed in concert blacks, or with men in dinner jackets and black bow tie, or white tie & tail with women in colourful ballgowns, playing great repertoire of the 18th to 21st century, either with conductor or led from within the orchestra
  • A string quartet dressed in shalwar kameez playing Bollywood film music tracks interspersed with jazz, oldies, current pop tunes, familiar music from stage and screen, and light classical arrangements
  • Four middle-aged blokes standing to play original and arranged music for four violas, in between cracking bad jokes

As experienced performers, teachers, workshop leaders, singing actors and with huge amount of stage presentation experience, we can orally introduce each musical opus to any kind and age of audience: from baebes, toddlers, schoolchildren, festival-goers of all descriptions, students, holiday camp and cruise ship audiences, to academic conferences. We run workshops, demonstrate and allow attendees to try our instruments, teach tunes, songs and techniques, and take musical works apart in ways that can help everyone from the novice listener to classical music expert find new and interesting details to concentrate on in the music and lead them on the road to being able to better appreciate what they hear.

We are a self-selecting, ever-growing and fluid group of professionally trained musicians. Each of us is on our own personal journey, where we explore areas of musical performance that especially move us, resulting in an increased commitment to sharing our unique gifts with others. Our performances can be tailored to our own current projects andinterests, and/or to whatever your own musical fantasies might be. If you have a pulse, our music is for you. By the end of our performance you will be beating, dancing, singing, playing, crying in synchronicity with us.

We make convincing music hailing from any period or place of origin, with as much genuine authenticity and energy as we can give it resulting in an immense range of dynamic, tempo, mood, genre and style. Given the different nature of our individual journeys as performers, as well as being active listeners, this often leads to discoveries and revelations, with you – our audiences – as observers as well as being active participants in the process. We are always learning from each other, and our aim is that you will take vivid and lasting memories of the event and experiences that brought us together, leaving you (and hopefully the planet we live on) in a better place than before.

Musicians and ensembles working with Lundonia Artists include:

altoTune (viola quartet)

Camerata of London (chamber & symphony orchestra, smaller mixed ensembles)

Camerata Singers (a capella or accompanied vocal ensemble)

Camerata Wind Quintet (flue, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)

Chris Brody (viola/violin, bass/baritone, fixer, promoter)

Crystal Palace Quartet (string quartet: two violins, viola, cello)

Crystal Palace Strings (solo violin, viola or cello up to string orchestra)

Crystal Palace Orchestra (Palm Court style dance band)

Lundonia Ensemble (any combination of strings, winds and keyboard)

Rosamunde Quartet

Surrey Sinfonietta (Community Music)

Contact us

Email: info@lundonia.uk

Telephone, SMS etc.: +44 (0)20 3369 5863

9 Waltham Court
Garner Road
London E17 4HF
England
UK

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