About the Event
Baroque Alchemy is the realisation of a long-held dream. Ever since the explosion in popularity of synth-led bands and ‘new age’ music in the 1980s, recorder virtuoso Piers Adams has nurtured a vision to combine the simple beauty of the recorder – and the drama of baroque music – with the extraordinary, expansive sound-world of the electronic era.
Now, following a 25-year international career as frontman of the acoustic baroque super-group Red Priest, Piers presents a stunning new project with his keyboardist partner Lyndy Mayle which turns the traditional early music recital on its head, transporting it into a new dimension for the 21st century.
Piers Adams is widely regarded as one of the greatest recorder players of our age. He has recorded numerous CDs and given thousands of concerts and broadcasts across the world with his iconic ensemble Red Priest, attracting the highest acclaim for his bold and creative musicianship. His lifelong interest in alternative philosophies led to the creation of his ground-breaking recording ‘Bach Side of the Moon’ (which reached No. 5 in the international New Age charts) – and now to the arrival of Baroque Alchemy!
“I have painful memories of playing the recorder at infant school, but in Piers Adams’ hands it is transformed into a dazzling virtuoso star. His bravura approach has the true spirit of the baroque….” BBC Music Magazine
Lyndy Mayle was a multi-prizewinning harpsichord student at the Royal College of Music before becoming a music director at the National Theatre, and subsequently working for many years as a music therapist and highly respected piano teacher. She now returns to the concert stage, bringing a wealth of musical experience, passion, and spirit to this joyful musical collaboration.
“Lyndy is an exceptional player – fantastic technique, musicianship, creativity and listening skills. I was very impressed.” Paul Goodwin – conductor and festival director
What the audience says …
Some genuine comments received following Baroque Alchemy’s debut at the Lewes Baroquefest 2022:
“I love the variations and contrast! The two of you are wonderful together – chemistry is brilliant, and the repertoire is super-quirky and stylish.”
“Last night was fantastic and the music was blissful – so loved it!”
“It was a magical and spiritual experience.”
“Exquisite… what talent to have to tingle the spines of so many people…So much joy!”
“Wow… Beautiful, hopeful and inspiring to receive the beauty of your offering… alchemical in all its creation.”
“OMG – that was so impressive and wonderful! What a virtuoso performance – absolutely loved it, and I had no idea that these instruments were so versatile and could ever be played in that way.”