RAISING THE STANDARDS
Laudonia was born out of a passion to raise the standard of music. To bring it back to its glory days. To go back over 400 years. To create a future for music and musicians that will be celebrated for generations. Through performances, master classes and workshops Laudonia's ambition is to bring Early Music and New Music to those who already enjoy it and to new listeners who will see the renaissance it created so long ago.
We seem to have lost the art of patience. Life is rushing. Time is precious. But there are certain skills that can't be rushed. Music is one of those. The strive for perfection in sound and emotion takes time, learning, perseverance, and passion. Laudonia has been created to revive a level that is truly outstanding.
Laudonia has some of the finest Baroque musicians in the world to perform, teach, and inspire people to listen with new passion, learn to be the finest and ultimately raise the standard of music.
Soprano & Artistic Director
Violin I & Leader
Kate Bennett Wadsworth
The Grand Tour
HARMONIZING THE PAST AND PRESENT
Laudonia, Scotland's Dynamic Baroque Ensemble, and award-winning soprano Susan Hamilton are embarking on a six-concert tour from London to Inverness, celebrating the musical journey of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik.
Clerk, a significant figure in Scottish history, made a Grand Tour through Europe in the 1690s, and this unique program for soprano, trumpet, strings, and bass continuo brings to life the music he may have heard on his travels. Featuring works by composers Clerk met and studied with, including his emotional cantata Leo Scotiae Irritatus, Corelli's passionate violin sonata in D minor La Follia, and Rosenmüller's ethereal concerto for voice, trumpet, and strings O Felicissimus Paradysi, this project highlights how Clerk's journey through Europe influenced some of the best music of its time to come out of Scotland. Despite a fire that destroyed much of Clerk's musical output, his surviving five vocal cantatas are a testament to his talent as a composer, making this tour a celebration of his musical legacy.