Music-in-Motion Ensemble, Gildas Quartet, directed by John Landor
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G BWV1048
Vivaldi Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro in B minor RV169
Janáček String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Purcell Chacony in G minor
Elgar Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
Following his powerful staging of Janacek’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ with the Gildas Quartet at Conway Hall last May, John Landor returns with the quartet and the newly-formed Music-in-Motion Ensemble of 13 string players to present an eclectic programme of music from Purcell to Pärt.
Immersive, visual and theatrical, Music- in-Motion brings a bold new aesthetic approach to the traditional classical concert. Turning the whole auditorium into a ‘theatre of music’, the musicians become embodied channels of the musical drama, dissolving boundaries between performers and audience.
You are welcome to sit, stand, or even lie down pretty much anywhere during the performance, so you can bring your own cushion or mat, or use ours. It’s a social event too! At the evening concerts, you can bring in drinks from the bar, and everyone is invited to the ‘after-party’ where audience and performers can mingle and discuss the performance, or indeed anything else!
Audience reaction to Music-in-Motion:
“I was totally riveted. I felt more involved, ‘inside’ the music. The body-language and facial expressions helped express the music – quite terrifying at times! It felt organic, alive, more resonant and with more depth and emotion.”
….and the critics:
Planet Hugill: “The players’ positions and gestures responded to the drama and musical argument. The result was extremely vivid and engaging, creating a real sense of dramatic involvement in the piece.”
British Theatre Guide: “A performance element helps to focus concentration in a way that is often lacking in conventional concerts. As the performers move within the performance space, the effect of the different relationships adds extra feeling and strengthens the impact.”