The Providence Institute on Renaissance Music

I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth, and Eamonn Dougan, Clinicians

February 14 & 15, 2012
Providence, Rhode Island

Robert Duff, Institute Director

I Fagiolini

Photo: Eric Richmond

I Fagiolini
The name I Fagiolini has been misspelt and mispronounced throughout the world. Grounded in the classics of Renaissance and twentieth-century vocal repertoire, the group is renowned for its innovative staged productions of Renaissance and Baroque music theatre works, recognition for which came in 2005 with the prestigious award of Ensemble Prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society. It has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, madrigal comedies with more masks and in 2004, premiered The Full Monteverdi, a dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603) by John La Bouchardière, which has since been turned into a highly successful film, shown all over the world. The Birds followed in 2005, a new opera for vocal ensemble, speaker and no conductor by Ed Hughes. In 2006 I Fagiolini toured its 1990s South African collaboration Simunye and in 2009 launched Tallis in Wonderland, a new way of hearing polyphony.

I Fagiolini has recorded 16 CDs and two DVDs featuring neglected English and north Italian Renaissance work and given live performances around the world, from BBC Proms and the Lincoln Center Festival to the Far East and Africa. 2011 sees the group’s 25th anniversary, celebrated with a European tour, and the hugely successful release on Decca of a lavish world première recording of Striggio’s 40-part mass (until recently lost).
For more, see the following YouTube clips:
I FAGIOLINI : Senfl / Das Gläut zu Speyer
Thomas Tallis: The lamentations of Jeremiah
Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award, 2005


Robert HollingworthRobert Hollingworth founded the solo-voice ensemble I Fagiolini in 1986. With them he has recorded 17 CDs and 2 DVDs, toured internationally and undertaken many innovative productions such as Simunye, The Full Monteverdi and Tallis in Wonderland. The group was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Ensemble Award in 2005. He has also directed the Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, BBC Concert Orchestra, Accentus (France) NDR Choir (Germany) and Netherlands Chamber Choir. In 2004 Robert directed a ground-breaking new music-theatre project (Faust) set in startling venues such as an Amsterdam vast ship-building yard and a disused station. Also in Holland he directed Opera Zuid’s underground production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. Robert founded the spectacular Islington Winter Music Festival, writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio, notably ‘The Early Music Show’ and ‘Discovering Music’. He is a judge on the UK’s Choir of the Year and has worked on a number of films including Quills. From 2006-9 he was an artistic advisor to the York Early Music Festival and since then has advised the Trigonale Festival, Austria. In 2011, his world première recording of Striggio’s (until recently) lost 40-part mass was released on Decca with an all-star UK line-up. Monteverdi and Monty Python are equal influences


Eamonn DouganEamonn Dougan read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He now pursues a busy schedule working as both singer and conductor.

In 2006 he was appointed the first assistant conductor of the world renowned vocal ensemble The Sixteen. He has since directed the ensemble to considerable acclaim at concert halls and festivals across England and Europe, including performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place and his debut at the Concertgebouw, Holland in a programme celebrating the 50th birthday of James MacMillan. Other highlights with The Sixteen have included the world premier of Gabriel Jackson’s Ave Regina Caelorum in collaboration with guitarist Tom Kerstens and the International Guitar Foundation, a recording with Icelandic ensemble Sigur Ros and the closing concert of the Henry VIII 500th anniversary celebrations at the Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich.

Eamonn has most recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Chorus Director to the Britten Sinfonia. He is a regular Guest Conductor with Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Poland, the Coro de la Comunidad, Madrid and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra & Chorus. He is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and choral coach, having worked with the Hallé Chorus, the City of London Choir, Manchester Chamber Choir and the choir of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as well as preparing choruses for conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Ryan Wigglesworth and Paul McCreesh.

He works regularly with VOICELAB, the SouthBankCentre’s vocal coaching initiative, as well as leading The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage workshops around the country. He is also a visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort who recently made their debut at the City of London Festival. Future projects include further performances with The Sixteen, return visits to the Wroclaw Philharmonic and the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms at the St Endellion Festival and assisting Sir Mark Elder on L’enfance du Christ by Berlioz.

As a soloist Eamonn has sung with The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Comunidad, Madrid and the Orchestra of The Sixteen under conductors including Edward Higginbottom, Nicholas Kramer, Jeffrey Skidmore and Harry Christophers.

Recent performances have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Bach’s St. John Passion at the Chichester festival, Bach’s B minor mass at the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Lyon and Handel’s Messiah at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid.

His solo recordings include Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem in its two-piano version as well as motets by Giovanni Grillo with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and the premiere recording of Arvo Pärt’s Von Angesicht zu Angesicht. He has appeared on disc and the concert platform throughout the world with many of Britain’s leading ensembles and is a member of The Sixteen and I Fagiolini.

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