A new generation in historical performance.
Figure is a newly established historical performance ensemble. Our aims are to bring music to life through the modern understanding of the instruments and techniques contemporaneous to its composition, and to champion talented young musicians. Figure’s repertoire will range from the Renaissance to the beginning of musical Modernism – anything which would have been originally performed on gut strings is our domain. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to give concerts which remind people of the value of live music, and maximise the drama and intimacy of performance.
We will bring a freshness and dynamism to celebrated works by exploring the instruments and techniques contemporaneous to them and pushing the expressive potential of music – aspects from articulation to tone colour and flexibility of tempo – to maximise the drama and intimacy of performance.
Leo is the Principal Oboist of the Academy of Ancient Music and appears regularly as guest-principal with, among others, the English Baroque Soloists, the Sixteen, the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, La Nuova Musica, the English Concert, and is also a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He performs regularly at the BBC Proms and the Glyndebourne Festival and has toured worldwide. As a chamber musician and concerto soloist, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and live on BBC Radio 3.
Frederick is a multi-instrumentalist from London. He read Experimental Psychology at University College Oxford, where he was an Academic Exhibitioner, Choral Scholar and Instrumental Scholar, before completing a MMus and further musical studies at GSMD as a harpsichordist with James Johnstone and Carole Cerasi. Frederick performs music of a range of genres, from modern jazz to Renaissance harpsichord, and has performed on stages from the Wiener Musikverein to Latitude Festival, as well as live on BBC Radio 3.
In 2017, he founded Ante Terminum, a cross-arts production company specialising in immersive and site-responsive performance, for which he is Producer and Musical Director. His first show, Curlew River, was praised as “a pearl of a production” by Richard Bratby of The Spectator and “a dedicated and moving production” by Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph. Since then, the company has gone on to do work with artists from a range of disciplines, from choreographers to perfumers, and in their most recent production before lockdown, the internationally renowned stained-glass artist Brian Clarke.
Besides performing and musically directing, Frederick composes and arranges music for theatre and film. Highlights include Timetravellers at Teatr Lesi, Lviv, a play about the ongoing conflict in Donbas by award-winning Ukrainian playwright Anastasiia Kosodii still running at the theatre two years after its premiere, and AMERICA! with Voloz Collective for ARS NOVA’s AntFest in New York. He is the musical director of the New Renaissance Collective, for whom he arranges and reworks Renaissance works. Upcoming engagements include a Scandinavian tour with Voloz and a collaboration with Brian Clarke for his installation KING COTTON in Manchester and Oldham.