Looking back on 2019, it’s been a busy year, including appearances at the Hertfordshire Festival of Music, the Deal Festival and the Suffolk Villages Festival, and culminating in a short visit to Malta’s beautiful capital, Valletta for an all-Mozart concert at the historic Manoel Theatre, built in 1731 and recently restored to its original grandeur. This was a concert in memory of one of Malta’s strongest advocates of classical music, Dr George Debono – last in the line of a notable family of medics – who donated several keyboard instruments to the Theatre as a future educational resource. Our concert saw the inauguration of his recently-restored 19th-century Broadwood grand piano, and very fine it sounded too on the Manoel’s stage. It was a memorable concert, preceded the day before by an education workshop attended by 300 schoolchildren – many of them hearing Mozart on period instruments (or, indeed, any instruments) for the first time!
It’s hard to believe it’s close to 10 years since our co-founder, John Irving first had the idea of a historical performance research centre at London University’s Institute of Musical Research (where he was Director). Set up in spring 2010, DeNOTE soon needed to take a giant leap off the printed page and into the world of sound, and that’s when an ad hoctrio, ‘Ensemble DeNOTE’ was born, initially giving workshop performances based on Beethoven’s Trio arrangement, Op.38 of his Septet, which we performed in various places around London and demonstrated at several conferenes and symposia. It wasn’t long before we recorded a video of Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio (available worldwide on Apple Podcasts – formerly iTunesU), and then the CD recordings (of that Beethoven Trio, for instance), and more and more appearances across the UK began to unfold, from Brighton and Southampton to Aberdeen and St Andrews. Winning Arts Council funding to make our stageshow, The Mozart Project Live! a reality, gaining a residency in Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and twice being Making Music Selected Artists are highlights we can be proud of. Like all groups, we’ve seen a few personnel changes along the way, but our passion for exploring the sounds of the classic era on period winds, strings and keyboards remains central as we proceed into the next decade.
Come and hear us in 2020!