It's official! The Baroque Bohemians have entered the Official UK Specialist Classical Chart at No.1 !
Yes, The Baroque Bohemians have leapfrogged over releases from all of the major labels to claim the coveted top spot.
We are also highly placed at no. 5 in the Classical Artist Albums Chart, and will be featured on the Classic FM Chart show this Sunday October 1st from 5-7pm. Do tune in and tell your friends to do the same!
A massive thank you to everyone who came to last week's concerts and bought the CD - this is entirely down to you! We now have the task of keeping the disc in the charts - and the best way to do so is to buy your copy here!
September 2017 - Baroque Bohemians
Well the summer break is over and the new term begins - and what better way to chase off the Autumn blues than with a BRAND NEW RED PRIEST CD?
Yes, The Baroque Bohemians are finally here, gracing the shelves of the Red Priest office with their artful presence - an incandescent mix of baroque virtuosity and gypsy cunning, which we know you'll enjoy! Works by Biber, Telemann, Vivaldi, Handel, Byrd, Campra, Nicholson and the unpronounceable Mielczewski mingle with amazing, original East European fiddle tunes; lines between old and new, art and gypsy music, serious and tongue-in-cheek, authentic and imagined are deliberately blurred, so you won't know - or indeed care - where one one ends and the other begins...
Until its official release in October the CD/download is available ONLY here on the Red Priest website - and to celebrate this latest Red Priest milestone we are running a limited period special offer of 20% of ALL previous titles (including solo discs); a perfect opportunity to complete your Red Priest collection. Visit our SHOP PAGE to take full advantage!
If you want to catch us live over the next few weeks here are a few dates for your diaries - we hope to see many of you on our gypsy travels!
Sept 16 Aalen, Germany
Sept 22 North Wales Festival
Sept 23 Botley (Hants)
Sept 26 St Georges Hall Liverpool
Oct 4 Worksop College
Oct 5 Richmond (Yorks) Georgian Theatre
Oct 6 Cockermouth Kirkgate Centre
Oct 10 Winchester Theatre Royal
Nov 4 Carmel (IN) USA
Nov 11 Gettysberg, (PA) USA
Nov 13 Miami USA
Nov 21 Wimbledon Festival
Dec 10 Swansea University
Dec 17 Paris Ile Seguin
Full details and ticket info can be found on our TOUR DATES page.
That's all for now - enjoy the new CD!
It was a small miracle that the perfect musician appeared precisely when needed! Adam Summerhayes could not have fitted the bill better to fill Julia's role, and to take it and the group to new dimensions of baroque insanity. Virtuoso violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, baroque-gypsy-klezmer-tango specialist, Adam has already made a considerable stamp on the group with his wild and wacky arrangements of Vivaldi. Biber and 18th century East European dance tunes as part of our new Gypsy Baroque project. We have given several performances of this programme in European festivals over the summer, and will be heading into the recording studio (aka Adam's parents' acoustically magnificent kitchen) in November.
And ... this is Red Priest's 20th Anniversary season! We will be celebrating with a concert in Kings Place, London on December 4th, entitled Better Red than Dead - 20 Years of Baroque Revolution. That probably says it all, really...
Handel in the Wind is on general release! We're very happy with the press response so far - here are some of the early reviews (more to follow soon):
AAA Music: “Wild, quirky, wicked, outrageous and excessive… and the occasional moment of exquisite beauty.” **** Very Good
The Classical Reviewer: "Some of the most spectacularly virtuosic playing you are likely to hear, always full of fun yet thoroughly musical… You really have to hear it to believe it!"
WDR3 (Germany): “72 minutes of pure pleasure!”
The official London launch of the CD is coming up soon - anyone who missed our pre-release performance at King's Place in December will have another chance to hear the programme live in St George's Church, Hanover Square, on April 8th, as part of the prestigious London Handel Festival - tickets available here. And if you miss this there will be another opportunity at the Greenwich Early Music Festival in November...
Catch us too on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' on April 2nd, in conversation with Sean Rafferty.
More from us soon!
And not only that - as a special Christmas offer we are knocking 25% off any other Red Priest Recordings CD with each copy of 'Handel in the Wind' purchased (offer valid until 30th December). Click here to go direct to the Special Offer. All CDs purchased on our website now come with an instant free download.
'Handel in the Wind' is possibly our most daring recording yet - not least because it includes our own take on Handel's most famous work, The Messiah, alongside a host of other hits from the greatest tunesmith of the baroque.
And if all of that doesn't make you smile, maybe this will… Cellist Angela East celebrated her birthday during our recent American tour, and we prepared a little surprise for her as she warmed up for a concert. Watch the video here!
In other news… Piers wrote and presented a programme about the father of modern recorder playing, the late, great Frans Bruggen, for BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show. You can listen to it here for another 3 weeks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Thank you for all your support throughout the year. We love meeting everyone at concerts and really appreciate all the wonderful comments that appear on the website and Facebook pages. We wish you all a very happy festive season and good health and happiness in 2015.
Following the news that our Four Seasons disc has been selected by Gramophone Magazine as one of the four all-time best recordings of this work we are pleased to quote their comments:
"For purists, mentioning Red Priest is like waving a red rag to a bull. But for fans there's nothing like their blend of virtuosity and mahem. This is The Four Seasons like you've never heard it before, with an out-of-control aviary taking over the asylum"
And from elsewhere in the feature:
"But strangest of all - and most fun - is the madcap arrangement from Red Priest... [who] let their imaginations run free, with everything from rifles, snatches of God Save the Queen and fireside dreams of a Caribbean holiday thrown in. But as always with Red Priest, the playing is extremely virtuoso, the musicianship sublime."
The CD is available for purchase or download from this site - please visit our Store
NEW ACCOLADE FOR THE FOUR SEASONS
We are pleased to announce that Red Priest's Four Seasons CD (RP003) has been selected by Gramophone Magazine as one of the four must-have versions of this much recorded work, highlighted as the 'Eccentric Choice'. This will be announced in the August issue - more details to follow...