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Stabat Mater

Freddie Waxman conductingIn a new production of Pergolesi’s iconic masterpiece, Stabat Mater, Figure will be joined by Dame Emma Kirkby. The production is staged by director Sophie Daneman and performed by women of multiple generations. Figure was founded by Frederick Waxman (2014, Experimental Psychology) in 2021. Performances are between 20 and 23 March at Stone’s Nest, Covent’s Garden.

The Stabat Mater is a call to share in the pain of a grieving mother, hoping to be redeemed through the act of compassion. With new music by Alex Mills around Pergolesi’s original setting of the text, the production will be a moving reflection on life and death, and a rallying cry to find a common humanity in our suffering.

Frederick Waxman is a conductor and multi-instrumentalist from London. He read Experimental Psychology at University College, Oxford, where he was an Academic Exhibitioner, Instrumental Scholar, and Choral Scholar. He then completed an MMus in Performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as well as further musical studies as a harpsichordist with James Johnstone and Carole Cerasi. Frederick performs music across a range of genres and has played on stages from the Wiener Musikverein and Opera Holland Park, to Latitude Festival.

In 2021, Frederick founded Figure to pursue his passion for historically informed performance. Figure’s inaugural concert, a performance of Bach’s St John Passion at St Bartholomew the Great, was a sell-out. Since then, Frederick has led Figure in performances of Requiems by Fauré and Charpentier at Union Chapel, an immersive performance of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri at the Swiss Church in London. In June 2022, he brought Figure to Opera Holland Park with Handel’s Serse, returning to Opera Holland Park from June to July 2023 to conduct Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Published: 13 March 2024

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