After the success of the concert this time last year, Harriet Mackenzie and the Celoniatus Ensemble return to St Mary’s with a nature-inspired programme featuring the Baroque masterpiece ‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi, juxtaposed with the heat of Argentinian tango in Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’, plus the evocative work by Emily Doolittle depicting a blackbird singing in the rain: eight seasons, birdsong, classical and candlelit…

Harriet Mackenzie, from Brockley, is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and has performed across five continents. Her recordings include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the English Symphony Orchestra and these have received international acclaim.  As well as performing all the standard repertoire on live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Hungarian National Radio, Harriet is an ambassador for contemporary music. She has performed many world premieres with music specifically written for her, and played in prestigious halls such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Budapest Marble Hall, Purcell Room and Kyiv Hall of Marble Columns. In 2015, she was honoured to perform Janacek’s The Fiddler’s Child for the 80th birthday celebrations of conductor Diego Masson. 

A multi-faceted virtuoso, she is also fascinated by world music and composes and improvises in many different styles. She also made her directing debut in 2016 when she directed the London-Vienna Kammerorchester in Auditorio Madrid.

Violins: Elena Abad (leader), Akiko Ishikawa, Aura Fazio, Will Harvey violas: Raisa Zapryanova, Jordi Morell Marin, ‘cellos: Abel Selaocoe, Thibault Blanchard-Dubois, bass: Elena Hull, harpsichord: David Wright.

Candlelit and Classical: Harriet Mackenzie and the Celoniatus Ensemble

St Mary’s Church, St Marychurch St, SE16 4JE. time: 7.45pm (doors 7pm)

Admission: £14/£10/£8 Online:

Photos: Misha Papic