Established in 1994, La Serenissima is recognised as the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth-century Venice and connected composers. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from manuscript or contemporary sources, and it has been praised for its ‘glorious and all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project’ (Gramophone Magazine). La Serenissima has become synonymous with virtuosity, dynamism and accessibility, uncovering a plethora of new repertoire and making it available to all through live performance, high calibre recording work, education and outreach initiatives.
Since the first release in 2003, La Serenissima’s recordings have been lauded by numerous publications and have attracted multiple award nominations; Vivaldi: The French Connection won the 2010 Gramophone Award for Baroque Instrumental. Their interpretation of The Four Seasons was released in 2015, spent several weeks in the UK Specialist Classical Chart and featured as Editor’s Choice (Gramophone Magazine) and Concerto Choice (BBC Music Magazine) amongst a multitude of rave reviews. The 2017 release The Italian Job, much-admired on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review and on Classic FM as ‘Drive Discovery’, won the 2017 Gramophone Award for Baroque Instrumental in the ceremony’s 40th Anniversary year. The ensemble’s 2018 release Vivaldi x2, a disc of double concertos for pairs of horns and oboes, and violin and cello, was in the UK Classical Charts for 12 weeks, several of them at No1, with one reviewer writing in The Sunday Times ‘under Adrian Chandler, the playing, vibrant yet polished to perfection, is superb.’ In 2019 La Serenissima released a disc entitled The Godfather about which another reviewer wrote ‘all is light and energy …. nothing short of magnificent’ (Gramophone Magazine).
La Serenissima has performed throughout the UK and internationally; recent highlights include concerts at Bridgewater Hall, Saffron Hall and the Wigmore Hall, festivals in Franconia, Santiago, Swansea and Valetta. During 2017 the ensemble gave three outstanding performances with choir and soloists at the Vivaldi in Venice Festival; in 2018 it gave the first modern performances of Brescianello’s only opera Tisbe for the Buxton Festival; and in 2019 opened the London Festival of Baroque music, made its debut at the Snape Proms, and returned to Buxton with Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio Dittatore. During 2019/20, La Serenissima gives concerts in Germany, Italy, Malta and Spain, tours throughout the UK, launches a series of concerts in the university city of Oxford, and begins a six-concert residency at London’s Wigmore Hall as part of the Early Music and Baroque series.
La Serenissima is proud to have the backing of its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Italian Ambassador to London. For details of all future projects and performances, please follow the group on Twitter @LaSerenissimaUK or on Facebook, and sign up to the newsletter at www.laserenissima.co.uk