Phantasia are Emma-Marie Kabanova (baroque violin) and Chris Hirst (theorbo, mandora), together they have put together a programme of lesser known works of the 18th Century from Britain and Germany performed on period instruments. Bring your own refreshments.

Danish/British violinist Emma-Marie Kabanova has studied at Goldsmith’s College, the Novosibirsk Conservatory and at the Malmo Academy of Music in Sweden. Recent concerts include appearances with the Oxford Alternative Orchestra UK, The National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova, and at festivals in the UK, Hungary and Turkey. Formerly based in Moscow, Emma-Marie was a guest Principal with the Moscow Baroque Soloists and the artistic director of Globus Music baroque ensemble; in 2019 the ensemble presented the first historically informed performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ oratorio in Russia and created collaborative projects with artists of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Helikon Opera and with ballet dancers from the best companies in Moscow. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Emma-Marie found it impossible to stay in Russia and returned to the UK.

Chris studied the lute first at Birmingham Conservatoire then at the Guildhall in London. During this time he set up his own chamber group, the Farinelli Ensemble, with whom he toured and did many concerts. Following this Chris was a freelance lutenist for several years, highlights include 2 opera seasons with Musica nel Chiostro in Italy, a series of concerts in Brazil as a soloist, touring with the Uccellino Ensemble in France and many concerts and theatrical productions with groups such as the Parley of Instruments, Fiori Musicali, Barber Opera and Ex Cathedra. When Classic FM posted a video of Chris’s masterful perfomance of an allegro written by 18th century lutenist E. G. Baron played on the extraordinarily long necked baroque theorbo, it became an internet sensation, going viral several times with almost 7 million views! This evenings performance is a rare opportunity to hear the instrument played live. See the video here 


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