Little Things in Odd Shapes

by ISTANTEcollective in London, England, United Kingdom

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On 28th September 2018 we successfully raised £1,850 with 40 supporters in 28 days

With our debut album we share our curiosity for neglected chamber music which fully expresses the flexible nature of our ensemble.

by ISTANTEcollective in London, England, United Kingdom

Our collective formed in 2016 out of a wish to freely explore a wide range of music on period instruments.  Our creative home is at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead (London), where we have developed our very own Baroquestock feastival, now in its third consecutive year. A unique fusion of music, food and community events, Baroquestock has grown to establish itself in the local community and beyond as an innovative and inclusive musical experience.

In our first two years we have spent a significant amount of time exploring repertoire for unusual combinations of instruments by lesser-known composers, and our first CD is the result of that journey. The music we have chosen for this project is all related to the 18th-Century concept of the Divertimento, in the true Italian meaning of the word. This was still a time when this kind of composition was considered "inferior" to the opera or the symphony, but curiously, in the case of Michael Haydn and Boccherini, it seems to allow space for greater freedom in terms of structure, scoring, and mood. Here the Divertimento remains a "balanced" conversation beetwen elegant people; each passing tempest of love lasts no more than two bars and might continue to be experienced inwardly by one of the players while the others are already in the pub drinking! At the same time, this "safe"and "controlled" context allows space for some eccentric secrets and innovative ideas which unfortunately the Romantic era, sometimes, seems to have forgotten. Lightness, which doesn't mean meaningless, seems here to be the answer to most of the problems. 

As far as we know, these will be the first historically informed commercial recordings of these pieces.

L. Boccherini: Quintet Op.55 n.6 G436 for oboe, 2 violins, viola and cello

L. Boccherini: Sextet Op. 42 n.2 G467 for violin, viola, violone, oboe, horn and bassoon

M. Haydn: Divertimento MH199 for violin, viola, violone, oboe, bassoon

M. Haydn: Divertimento MH518 for viola, violone, oboe, 2 horns and bassoon. 

ISTANTEcollective on classical instruments:

Beatrice Scaldini, Christiane Eidsten-Dahl: violin

Elitsa Bogdanova, Jordan Bowron, Emma Alter: viola

Kate Conway: cello 

John-Henry Baker: double bass

Nicola Barbagli: oboe

Hayley Pullen: bassoon

Ursula Paludan Monberg, David Horwich: natural horn

Sound engineer: John Henry Baker

Producer: Joseph Davies

We are very excited that our CD will be published by Novantiqua Records as part of their "Tuscania" series. 

Your generous donations will help cover the costs of research, recording and mastering for the CD as well as the musicians’ travel expenses. Thank you for your support in making this fantastic music live and breathe once more!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Little Things in Odd Shapes Album

Pre-order a copy of the CD

£10 or more

A social media little thing

A thankyou tweet, facebook message or poke from the ensemble.

£50 or more

A little instrumental lesson

A 45 minute violin, oboe, bassoon or double bass lesson with one of our players (Hampstead only)

£100 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Bronze Sponsor

A copy of the CD plus a special mention on the album as one of our Bronze sponsors.

£200 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Silver Sponsor

A signed copy of the CD plus a special mention on the album notes as one of our silver sponsors.

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Gold Sponsor

A copy of the CD plus a special mention on the album as one of our Gold sponsors.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Little Private Concert

A private concert by three members of the ISTANTEcollective given at your home or a place of choice (for places outside London there will be an extra cost for travel/accommodation as necessary)

£500 or more

Little Pizza and Spoon Party

Chef Nico (our oboist) will come to your house and and cook his famous authentic Tuscan pizza for up to 6 people while John-Henry teaches you to play the spoons. Some musical entertainment included. (For places outside London, there might be additional travel and accommodation costs)

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Little Things in Odd Shapes Private Concert

A private concert based on the album in your home or chosen venue. (Please note if this is outside Greater London, there might be additional travel and accommodation costs)

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