Libby set up Konstellation in 2013, as a means of exploring the intersection of song and chamber music. Drawing together her expertise in song and in working with instrumentalists, Libby constructs programmes where the sung and instrumental soundworlds constrast and complement, and brings in the creme of her colleagues to perform them. Truly a musical Konstellation!
Konstellation performers include:
Mary Bevan (soprano) | Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano) | Carris Jones (mezzo-soprano) | Nick Pritchard (tenor) | Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) | Johnny Herford (baritone) | Jamie Campbell (violin) | Fenella Humphreys (violin) | Simon Tandree (viola) | Cara Berridge (cello) | James Turnbull (oboe) | John Slack (clarinet) | Francesca Moore-Bridger (horn) | Libby Burgess (piano)
New Paths is a major new festival of concerts and community events, founded in 2016 by Chairman Roland Deller and Artistic Director Libby Burgess, in the Yorkshire town of Beverley. It has presented over fifty events, ranging from world-class chamber music and song, to free children’s events and late-night jazz. New Paths has recently been asked also to take over the running of the long-standing Beverley Chamber Music Festival, of which Libby is joint Artistic Director with Martin Roscoe.
Conducting & chorusmastering
Libby is highly regarded as a chorusmaster – a role in which she collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – and enjoys working in equal measure in the opera house or the concert hall. Libby has conducted operas for the Ryedale Festival and Grimeborn, and is frequently asked to guest-conduct choirs, for anything from a year to a day! She has recently conducted concerts for the Oxford Bach Choir, Reading Phoenix Choir, and The Renaissance Singers.
The Good of Music
Libby writes a series of interviews entitled ‘The Good of Music’, exploring the positive impact of music projects in the UK and beyond. She is also frequently asked to write programme notes and has had a number of articles printed.
Jamie Campbell (violin), Cara Berridge (cello) and Libby Burgess (piano) have long played together in different combinations and guises, and are excited recently to have begun playing regularly as a trio. Jamie is the violinist of the Werther Ensemble and is Principal 2nd violin of Aurora Orchestra, whilst Cara is a founder member of the Sacconi Quartet. The Wieck Trio’s performances of a wide range of repertoire have been met with acclaim and considerable demand for more!
Director Joe Austin and vocal coach Libby Burgess run a series of one-day courses for professional and training singers. The workshops focus on the development of character in arias, and how this plays out in musical and dramatic terms. Joe and Libby have worked together as Director and Musical Director for five years, on productions ranging from Britten’s The Prodigal Son and Mendelssohn’s The Homecoming for Ryedale Festival Opera to new work by Stephen McNeff at Tête à Tête Festival and the Linbury Studio. They regularly coach together and have run a residential course focussing on similar work.