The inimitable quartet Red Priest – described in the New York Times as “the wildly virtuosic little band” – will perform 17th and 18th century masterworks at The Apex on 22 April.

The brainchild of recorder virtuoso Piers Adams and violinist Julia Bishop, and named after the original ‘red priest’ Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has been at the forefront of baroque music performance for over a quarter of a century. During that time, the quartet has developed a truly unique style, combining high-energy performance, boundary crossing arrangements and theatrical presentation, delighting audiences across the globe.

The group has given numerous radio and TV broadcasts, including a documentary for The South Bank Show which attracted a million viewers.   Their discography includes an iconic take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, hailed by Gramophone Magazine as one of the all-time best recordings of the work, and The Baroque Bohemians, which surprised the major labels by reaching No.1 in the UK classical charts.

Piers Adams has been heralded in the Washington Post as ‘the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today’, while Julia Bishop is recognised as one of the most colourful exponents of the Baroque violin. Angela East is widely respected in the period instrument world, praised in The Times for the “elemental power” of her cello playing. One of the UK’s busiest working harpsichordists, David Wright has performed and recorded with some of the world’s leading musicians including Tasmin Little and Julian Lloyd Webber.

The programme features Baroque highlights, including Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor ‘La Notte’; Telemann’s ‘Gypsy’ Sonata in A minor; Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Handel’s The Harmonious Blacksmith Air and Variations.

Red Priest perform at The Apex on Monday 22 April at 7.30pm. See www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758 000 for more information or to book tickets.
Listings at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds