A new generation in historical performance.
Figure is a historical performance ensemble, established last year in the wake of the lockdowns as a group to represent the rising generation of musicians. It aims to expand the scope of historical performance beyond the typical baroque and renaissance repertoire – anything originally performed on gut strings is our domain. We value intimacy in performance above all, the human connection which gives music meaning, and strive to bring the audience as close in as possible, while using space and light to create an environment best suited to receiving music.
“[the performance] raised the hairs on the back of the neck… the work took wing, with [Figure] magnificently delivering its climactic moments of terror and joy… The whole performance had thrilling immediacy”.
Michael Church, critic for The Independent, on Figure’s St John Passion, Bach
“compellingly responsive and exuding sheer enjoyment… The overall effect is to leave one speechless”.
Jane Darcy, critic for the TLS and ReviewsHub, on Figure’s 'Gran Partita', Mozart
Frederick has performed music across genres on stages from the Wiener Musikverein to Latitude Festival. In 2017, he founded Ante Terminum, a cross-arts production company specialising in immersive and site-responsive performance, whose debut Curlew River was praised as “a pearl of a production” by Richard Bratby of The Spectator and “dedicated and moving” by Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph. Frederick also composes and arranges music for theatre and film. Highlights include Timetravellers at Teatr Lesi, Lviv, a 2018 play about the invasion of Donbas by award-winning Ukrainian playwright Anastasiia Kosodii, and AMERICA! with Voloz Collective for ARS NOVA’s AntFest in New York.
Upcoming engagements include a collaboration withinternationally renowned stained glass artist Brian Clarke for his installation KING COTTON in Manchester and Oldham. He founded Figure in 2021.