La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s La Senna festeggiante (RV 693) and has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries.
La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading venues and festivals including the Beverley, South Bank, and York Early Music Festivals, the Bath Bach, Bath International, Buxton, Cambridge Summer, Chelsea, Cheltenham , Lichfield and Warwick Festivals and St George’s Bristol, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. The group has also appeared in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim.
Nearly the entire repertoire of La Serenissima is edited by Director Adrian Chandler from manuscript or contemporary printed sources, a testament to its commitment and passion for rare and exciting Italian music which makes it unique amongst other baroque ensembles.
Performances in 2012 included a Wigmore Hall performance and performances of their first staged opera – L’Olimpiade – which took place in Bath, Buxton, London and Israel as well as a live radio broadcast from Madrid.
At the Festival they will be performing Concertos from L’Estro Armonico (Opus 3) The Birth of Harmony by Antonio Vivaldi.