In 2014, MTFA supported an arresting trilogy of shows performed at the Spitalfields Festival as part of a programme called Death Actually (more here) that was designed to raise awareness of rising funeral costs and inspire a new and invigorated approach to living.
First in the trilogy was Schubert’s song cycle ‘Die schöne Müllerin’, which was arranged and directed by Thomas Guthrie, played by Bjarte Eike’s Barokksolistene and sung by English tenor Robert Murray. The arrangement was for two guitars, percussion, tree branch, double bass, violins and viola. Robert sang with a puppet designed and made by Mandarava.
It went on to inspire a similar approach to Winterreise, performed while Guthrie was on a residency at Princeton University in 2017.
Now Guthrie and Barokksolistene will record all three of Schubert’s great song cycles prior to touring them nationally and internationally, as part of a project – Schubert 200 – to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their composition. Look out for MTFA’s trademark accessibility, inventiveness and inclusivity, and please support us if you can.