Sackbut Collaborations

-Posted on 16.03.2015

In March 2015, Senior Lecturer at the University of Northern Carolina (UNC) Michael Kris, came to London with three of his students to play sackbuts (baroque trombones) in a collaborative project featuring the choir and organists of King’s College London (KCL) and players of violins, cornettos and sackbuts from the Royal Academy of Music’s Historical Performance and Brass departments.  

Stemming from both UNC’s and the Academy’s affiliation with KCL, this project was artistically conceived and developed by Academy Baroque Trombone Professor Adam Woolf together with Michael Kris from UNC. It and showcased some of the largest at most challenging works from Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sacrae Symphony of 1615 alongside earlier works by the composer and his contemporaries.  Following two days of rehearsal, large scale, polychoral motets, sonatas and canzonas were played in a concert, conducted by Gareth Wilson of KCL and Adam Woolf, utilising all four sides of the chapel at King’s, re-creating glorious 17th century Venetian surround-sound.  

This project presented the perfect platform for students to both try out specialist skills being studied at their institutions, such as playing at historical pitches and temperaments and ornamentation, as well as providing a number of first-time experiences with this musical genre.

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