The life-affirming power of live performance

Nicola Benedetti's Baroque in Battersea reminded us just what we've been missing

Attending my first live concert in over a year felt wonderful. In the atmospheric Battersea Arts Centre Nicola Benedetti and her handpicked ensemble of some of period performance’s finest players were performing works from her new album of Italian Baroque music, on a sultry summer evening pushing 30 degrees, conditions which couldn’t have felt more authentic short of exchanging the Thames for the Tiber. Even the stage backdrop, Battersea’s bare brick evoking the faded grandeur of an ancient palazzo, played its part.

The format was part determined by circumstances, and part by this ever-exploratory violinist’s desire to reach people in different ways – a one-hour programme repeated ...


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