Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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Sequentia celebrates its 40th anniversary in March 2017




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Soloists' Biographies

Esther Labourdette

Après un cursus complet à la Maîtrise de Radio-France, Esther Labourdette étudie le chant avec Sylvie Sullé et Stéphanie Révidat, parallèlement à des études de Musicologie à Paris 4-Sorbonne. Elle perfectionne sa formation en chant médiéval et renaissance auprès de Katarina Livljanic, Benjamin Bagby, Lucien Kandel, Véronique Bourin, Denis Raisin-Dadre et Francis Biggi et en chant baroque auprès de Julie Hassler, Gabriel Garrido, Rosa Dominguez, Agnès Mellon et Martin Gester.

Elle collabore avec le chœur de solistes Mikrokosmos, le chœur de chambre de Namur, l’ensemble Musica Nova, l’ensemble Candor Vocalis, l’ensemble Territoires du Souffle, la Chapelle-Musique du Val-de-Grâce, l’ensemble Aquilegia et le trio BelaVilo.

Comme soliste, elle se produit dans le répertoire renaissance et baroque avec les ensembles Doulce Mémoire, Les Folies du Temps, I Sospiranti et Le Labyrinthe des Passions, ainsi que dans le répertoire contemporain. En 2012-2013, elle interprète le rôle de la Musicienne dans Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

Upcoming Concerts

9 June 2017
Essen-Werden (DE), St. Lucius Kirche

25 August 2017
Basel (CH), Festtage Alte Musik

See full concert schedule



Benjamin Bagby's recent activities as teacher/lecturer, linked to his performances

At the invitation of the music department, Benjamin taught a performance workshop on the music of Hildegard von Bingen for students at Princeton University (29 March), where he also performed 'Beowulf' in a collaborative production with digital light designer Craig Winslow. Following this, at the invitation of the medieval studies program and the English department, he gave a lecture on his work with reconstructing the 'Beowulf' performance, at Yale University (3 April).

At the Université Paris – Sorbonne, where Benjamin is on the faculty, the yearly 'Entretiens de la musique ancienne' were held this year in honor of his life-long work with reconstructing 'lost songs'. The main event was his performance of 'Beowulf' (11 May), with French video titles, in the Amphithéâtre Richelieu of the Sorbonne, followed by two days of symposium at the university's Centre Clignancourt, sponsored by the historical music organization IREMUS and the musicology department of the university. During this symposium, Benjamin gave a lecture on his work with reconstructed harps and the kinds of clues they can provide ('Beowulf ': dans l'atelier d'un conteur d'histoires).


2017 Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship awarded by Early Music America to string-player Allison Monroe

This scholarship is given by EMA to “an outstanding and highly-motivated (and possibly unconventional) young performer of medieval music who seeks to widen his/her experience through more advanced study and/or auditions in Europe.”  The recipient is chosen by a jury of musicians who knew or worked with the great medieval music specialist and teacher, Barbara Thornton (1950-1998), who co-founded Sequentia together with Benjamin Bagby in 1977. Read more about Allison here.

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