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Soprano Lydia Brotherton graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A., Honors in Music, and completed her Masters studies in Voice and Historical Performance at Boston University. As a winner of a U.S. Fulbright performing arts grant in 2010-2011, she studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and now lives in Berlin.
She has performaned with Berlin Baroque in the Berlin Philharmoniker; with Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester Basel; Bach’s H-moll Messe with Académie baroque européene d’Ambronay under Sigiswald Kuijken; Bach’s Johannes-Passion at Aldeburgh Easter Weekend with Mark Padmore, and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Lydia has also performed with the Grammy-nominated Boston Early Music Festival, with Tragicomedia under Stephen Stubbs, with the Handel and Haydn Society Boston, with Ensemble Phoenix Munich, and she has toured internationally as soloist with the Boston Camerata. She has recorded with Ensemble Phoenix Munich for Harmonia Mundi France, with the ensemble Candens Lilium for WDR/Raumklang, with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, for CPO.
17 March 2017
Basel (CH) Predigerkirche, Freunde Alte Musik
Monks Singing Pagans
25 March – 2 April 2017
Lafayette College, Vassar College, Princeton University, Yale University
Benjamin Bagby Beowulf tour USA
1 April 2017
New York City, Symphony Space
Book release event for ‘The Inquisitor’s Tale’
11 May 2017
Paris, Université de Paris – Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Richelieu
Benjamin Bagby has recorded the only surviving Old High German epic fragment, the Hildebrandslied (The Song of Hildebrand), for inclusion in an audiobook version of Adam Gidwitz’s new book for children and young adults, The Inquisitor’s Tale, just released by Penguin/Random House. He also recorded harp accompaniments to go with portions of the reading of the story. A release event is being schedule for New York City in early April, 2017.
New program given birth at Cambridge University
Following working sessions in 2014-15 with University of Cambridge musicologist Sam Barrett in the USA (Harvard University and Ohio State University) and in Cambridge (Pembroke College), Sequentia was in residence at Cambridge in April for the final rehearsals of the new program 'Monks Singing Pagans'. An informal video of a rehearsal made by the university became a YouTube sensation, with over 500,000 views. In addition to their rehearsals and working sessions on the songs of Boethius, Sequentia gave a masterclass and the premiere performance of 'Monks Singing Pagans', immediately followed by the US premiere during a residency at Dartmouth College (USA). The week spent at Dartmouth included teaching activities in music history, performance practice, Latin poetry and manuscript studies. Sequentia returned to Cambridge in late June to prepare a special program of the Boethian songs, which was given as part of a symposium on medieval Latin song, with a special concert on 2 July in Pembroke College Chapel.
Teaching in Basel and Milano
Benjamin Bagby will be teaching performance courses on medieval song at two music academies this year:
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland): 31 October to 1 November 2016 and 13-14 March 2017
Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado (Milano, Italy): 2-3 December 2016 and 16-18 February 2017