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Welcome to FESTIVAL - 13th - 19th August 2018

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Pre Festival Days 13. - 16. august

12 p.m. Organ Presentation at Sct. Peders Church
16 p.m. Showcase & Artist talk at 'Sydbanks Arkade' - also Saturday at 11.00 a.m. (only)

Tuesday 14.08, 7.30 p.m. at Karrebæk Church: Excerpts from Vivaldi's opera 'Il Giustino'

Festival in the medieval centre

Thursday 16. August

Opera, general rehearsal 3 p.m. at 'Det Ny Ridehus'
(for partout card holders only)
Town Walk 5.30-9 p.m. (50,- DKK)
The audience is guided round the medieval centre of Næstved, met by singers and musicsians at: Boderne - Lorange Vinkælder - Helligåndshuset - Kompagnihuset and Sct. Peders Kirke
The tour starts at 'Kompagnihuset'.

Friday 17. August

Opening Concert "From Monteverdi to Vivaldi" /the Festival Orchestra
WHERE: Sct. Peders Church, Næstved
WHEN: Friday 17. August 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

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Peter Spissky, violin & Artistic direction

Peter Spissky, violin & Artistic direction
Peter Spissky, violin & Artistic direction

Peter Spissky studied violin at the Music Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia (soloist diploma 1991), and the Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden, where he received a soloist diploma in 1995. From 1988, parallel with his modern violin studies, he intensively researched in historical performance practice and 1999 was appointed a concertmaster in Concerto Copenhagen, the leading baroque orchestra in Europe. With CoCo, Peter is involved in concert tours (i.e. Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, USA and Japan) and recordings with conductors such as Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King and Alfredo Bernardini.

Apart from his concertmaster position in Concerto Copenhagen, Peter Spissky is a musical director of Camerata Øresund, orchestra of young generation players based in Copenhagen/Malmö. Camerata has launched their official debut in November 2010 with a series of concerts called “Bach on the Bridge” (hinting on the Oresund bridge connecting south Sweden with Denmark), including Bach violin concertos. Between 2000-2010 he made a great success with the chamber group Baroque Fever, known for its extrovert energetic shows, bringing the early music to the new younger audiences.

As a guest concertmaster/conductor he appears regularly with Barokkanerne in Oslo, Baroque Aros in Aarhus, Skalholt Bach Consort in Iceland, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Jönköping Sinfonietta, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. As a violinist he participates in Barokksolistene (Oslo), Solamente naturali (Baratislava), Festspiel Orchester Göttingen and Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra (with Stephen Stubbs and Paul Odette).

Peter Spissky is a teacher in baroque violin at the Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen and gives Master Classes all around Scandinavia.

In September 2010 he was accepted at the Lund University for an artistic research program, leading to a doctorate.

Artist Talk – Karin Fich interviewing Robert Hollingworth and Mark Tatlow  
WHERE: Sydbanks Arkade, Næstved
WHEN: Friday d. 17. August 2018 - OBS: 5.00 p.m.
Free entrance

Robert Hollingworth

Robert Hollingworth
Robert Hollingworth

Robert has spent much of his life looking for ways to share his love of Renaissance and 20th/21st century music, often by creating ground-breaking projects which present music to audiences in innovative ways. He founded I Fagiolini in 1986; with them he has presented their signature projects including Simunye, The Full Monteverdi, Tallis in Wonderland, and How Like An Angel (with Australian contemporary circus group C!RCA), and Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama (for singers and dancers based on the music of Gesualdo), which premiered at the Barbican in May 2015.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk ChorNederlands Kamerkoor, Narodowe Forum Muzyki, Wrocław (Acis & Galatea),  Symphonieorchester Wuppertal (Judas Maccabeus) and Monteverdi L’Orfeo in Venice. In 2016 he conducted the Danish National Vocal Ensemble in a new conceptual project, Angels and Demons, and makes his debut with RIAS Kammerkoor in 2018.

In 2011, his world premiere recording of Striggio Mass in 40 Parts was released on Decca with an all-star UK line-up, remaining at the top of the specialist classical chart for nearly four months and winning the 2011 Gramophone Early Music Award and a Diapason d’or de l’année. 1612 Italian Vespers was released on Decca in June 2012 and was chosen as Gramophone CD of the Month and was performed live in the 2012 BBC Proms at the  Royal Albert Hall. Robert arranged the music for the album  Shakespeare: The Sonnets and appeared extensively on BBC TV and radio discussing the disc. Amuse-Bouche (French Choral Delicacies) was released on Decca Classics in April 2016, was CD of the Month for Gramophone Magazine, and shortlisted for a 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Award. It includes the world premiere and film of Jean Françaix 12-voice Ode à la gastronomie: “entirely fresh and unexpected, a recording that’s a bit sexy, a bit silly and absolutely, unmissably superb.” (Gramophone) 2017 album releases include Peerson Grave Chamber Music with Fretwork and Monteverdi: The Other Vespers, in collaboration with Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary and the 2017 tour, ‘Living Monteverdi’.

Robert has worked on a number of films and writes and presents for BBC Radio 3 (CD Review, The Early Music Show, The Choir and Discovering Music). In 2012 he ran a conducting masterclass and lecture for the American Choral Directors’ Association conference and was the Special Guest Director & speaker at the Association of British Choral Director’s 30th annual convention (2015). His MA in solo-voice-ensemble singing at the University of York (where he is a Reader in Music) is now in its fourth year.


Opera Premiere: Antonio Vivaldi: 'Il Giustino'
WHERE: Det nye Ridehus, Næstved
WHEN: Friday 17. August 2018 - 8.00 p.m.



Deda Cristina Colonna, Opera Director

Deda Cristina Colonna, Opera Director
Deda Cristina Colonna, Opera Director

Deda Cristina Colonna is a director and choreographer; her favourite repertoire is Baroque and Classical opera, as well as all the works through-composed. Her style is deeply influenced by her own stage experience, with a special expertise in baroque dance, rhetorical gesture and period acting. Although it is based on historically informed practice , her work reaches out to today's audiences through the use of a modern stage style, influenced also by drama and other forms of contemporary theater.

Deda Cristina Colonna graduated in classical ballet at Civico Istituto Musicale Brera (Novara) and at Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Chorégraphiques (Paris). She graduated from the Sorbonne, specialising in Renaissance and Baroque Dance. Later she graduated from the acting school of Teatro Stabile di Genova and acted in productions from Shakespeare to Chekhov and Genet in Italy, France and Germany. She has worked with the company Theater der Klänge (Düsseldorf) and was a soloist and guest choreographer with the New York Baroque Dance Company.

As a director she created original works, among which Voluptas Dolendi - I Gesti del Caravaggio, from the 15th and 16th Centuries Tetraktys ovvero la prima età del mondo (Teatro Verdi, Trieste), and has choreographed and / or staged over 25 works, among which, recently: Ottone in Villa by F. Vivaldi (Copenhagen Opera Festival: nomination for the Reumert Award for best opera 2014), Il Giasone by F. Cavalli and Il Matrimonio Segreto by D. Cimarosa (Drottningholm Palace Theatre), L'Incoronazione di Poppea by C. Monteverdi and Gesualdo-Shadows by the contemporary composer Bo Holten (Copenhagen Royal Opera/Takkelloftet), Armide by J.B. Lully (Innsbruck Festival of Early Music / Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci), Nina, o sia la Pazza per Amore by G. Paisiello and Comala by P. Morandi for Vadstena-Akedemien (Sweden), Didone Abbandonata by L. Vinci (Opera Florence / Maggio Musicale Fiorentino). She has been teaching baroque dance, gesture and acting for over 25 years and has taught courses and master classes in various Institutions in Italy and abroad. In 2014 she was Guest Visiting Professor at University of Stockholm/Performing Premodernity.

She was Director of the Dance School of Civico Istituto Brera in Novara, Italy from 2008 to 2013. Her research in baroque dance have been published in the acts of various international conventions and in the trade press. She works in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

Alehouse med Barokksolistene og Bjarte Eike
WHERE: Det nye Ridehus, Næstved
WHEN: Friday 17. August 2018 - 10.30 p.m.

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Saturday 18. August 

Noon Concert with 'Herlufs Vokaler'
WHERE: Sct. Peders Church, Næstved
WHEN: Saturday 18. August 2018 - 12.15 p.m.
Free Entrance

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Opera: Antonio Vivaldi: 'Il Giustino'
WHERE: Det nye Ridehus, Næstved
WHEN: Saturday 18. August 2018 - 2.00 p.m.


afternoon Concert: Solamente Naturali with Milos Valent
WHERE: Sct. Peders Church, Næstved
WHEN: Saturday 18. August 2018 - 5.00 p.m.

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I Fagiolini in ‘The Other Vespers’ by Monteverdi
WHERE: Sct. Peders Church, Næstved
WHEN: Saturday 18. August 2018 - 8.00 p.m.

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From England: I Fagiolini performing their renowned ‘The Other Vespers’ by Monteverdi. 

Solo Recital
WHERE: Sct. Peders Church, Næstved
WHEN:Saturday 18. August - 10.30 p.m.

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Sunday 19. August

Mass with 'Herlufs Vokaler' - Monteverdi and excerpts from Palestrina's Missa Brevis
WHERE: Sct. Peders Church, Næstved
WHEN: Sunday 19. August 2018 - 10.00 a.m.
Free entrance

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Herlufs Vokaler & Scandinavian Sackbuts And Cornets. Karsten Gyldendorf, Cond.
Organ Cantor, Christian Kampmann Larsen

I Fagiolini - 'Flaming Heart'
WHERE: Sct. Peders church, Næstved
WHEN: Sunday 19. August2018 - 2.00 p.m.

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The English Ensemble I Fagiolini  

Opera: Antonio Vivaldi: 'Il Giustino'
WHERE: Det nye Ridehus, Næstved
WHEN: Sunday 19. August - 4.00 p.m.


The Festival Orchestra 'The Musical Mafiosi' 
WHERE: Sct. Peders Kirke, Næstved
WHEN: Sunday 19. August 2018 - 8.00 p.m.






Accommodation in the city


Purcell Vivaldi FR REMA


Naestved Early Music Festival - NEMF presented its first festival 19-21 August 2016
with leading artists. 7 major and 26 smaller concerts in the three marvelous medieval churches and in some smaller, but no less interesting venues, with the honour to have Maestro Jordi Savall as Artist in residence.

Trio Savall at Herlufsholm Church Sunday afternoon - photo: Reinhard Witling
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Before the concert
Before Trio Savall


You may still see the festival programe here;
Program teaser news


The Festival Package was sold out by June 1st 2016
If you are interested in a festvial package with overnighting with breakfast buffet and a partoutcard for all the festival concerts,
we offer you two different options at these two centrally located hotels, as long as there are available rooms.

August 19-20 2016: 2 nights w/breakfast + partout card - Double: DKK 4.100,- Single: DKK 2.450,-
August 19-21 2016: 3 nights w/breakfast + partout card - Double: DKK 4.900,- Single: DKK 3.050,-

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