Sequentia

Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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Sequentia celebrated its 37th anniversary in March 2014
 
 

Contact

E-mail: info@sequentia.org

Worldwide Representation

Jon Aaron
Managing Director
Aaron Concert Artists
220 West 148th St. 4J
New York City 10039, NY / USA
Phone: 212-665-0313
E-mail: jon@aaronconcert.com

Production consultant (Europe)

Valérie Lafont
Cinquièmes Cordes
1bis, passage Duhesme
F-75018 Paris / France
Phone: +33(0)6 77 09 62 32
E-mail: valerie@cinquiemescordes.com

 

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Soloists' Biographies

Agnethe Christensen

Agnethe Christensen, originally from Sweden, studied at the Royal Danish Conservatory and specialized in renaissance and medieval singing with Andrea von Ramm in Basel and furthermore in Rome and Paris. Well known for her unconventional interpretations of modern and classical works, folk and early vocal music. Agnethe has worked with modern composers Luca Lombardi, Palle Mikkelborg, Wolfgang Rihm, Luciano Berio and John Cage, with opera, folk and film music.

Agnethe's expertise is within the field of early music and historically informed folk music  and together with ULV where she performs medieval Nordic ballads and sacred music with singer Lena Susanne Norin and fiddle player Elizabeth Gaver, she presents Swedish traditional music in a historic perspective.

Home in Copenhagen she works together with the the medieval ensemble Alba and together with the Welsh harper Helen Davies with traditional music from Shetland, Orkney and the Hebridees searching the old norse influence and reconstructing the old poetry of the past. In the project Music of the Mysteries she collaborates with musicians from both the classical and  world music scene.

Upcoming Concerts

1 May 2015
University of Chicago
Beowulf

7 May 2015
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (USA)
Beowulf

10 June 2015
Boston Early Music Festival
Frankish Phantoms

See full concert schedule

 

News

History of Sequentia

On 8 April 2015 Benjamin Bagby spoke at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) about the 38-year history of Sequentia, using photos and musical examples to trace the development of the ensemble from its founding in 1977, with Barbara Thornton, to the current programs of ‘The Lost Songs Project’. Bagby’s plan is to eventually begin work on a more detailed history of the ensemble, which he hopes to make available in years to come, chapter by chapter, on the Sequentia website.

 

A Smithsonian Symposium

Organized by the Smithsonian’s Kenneth Slowik, an upcoming symposium at the Smithsonian Institution will explore several topics germane to the teaching of historically informed performance practiceto collegiate and graduate students in the United States. As an inspirational prelude to the symposium itself, on Thursday evening 7 May at 7:30, Benjamin Bagby, co-founder of the medieval ensemble Sequentia, will present his hour and one quarter long solo recitation of the first part of the great medieval Anglo-Saxon saga Beowulf.

 

Interview

Read an in-depth interview with Benjamin Bagby in the 2014 issue of the journal TYR

 

Hildegard von Bingen: complete works

Sequentia's recordings of the complete works of Hildegard will be released as a 9-CD box set on the DHM/SONY label on 15 August 2015.

 

Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship

The most recent scholarship (2013) was awarded by Early Music America to mezzo soprano Isabella Shaw.

 

Beowulf on DVD

Benjamin Bagby’s legendary performance of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf (part I) recorded live in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Visit the Beowulf website

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