La Folia is a music charity that brings together instrumentalists, singers, actors, dancers, visual artists and writers to create new music, original projects and ground-breaking performances under the artistic directorship of Howard Moody.
“Those who are familiar with the ancient gypsy tune ‘la folia’ from which we take our name, will know that musically it represents limitless possibility for invention and re-invention. We hope to redefine what an orchestra is or can be, remembering that the word ‘orchestra’ was originally used to describe the space where different art forms met. Through new collaborations, commissions and productions we seek to surprise ourselves and our audiences.” Howard Moody, Artistic Director
La Folia began as Sarum Chamber Orchestra, and has performed classical concerts for 30 years. It continues to do so under its new name. We have a long history of creating large-scale projects and have developed a programme which has gained a reputation for innovation and best practice both in mainstream and special education.
“La Folia needs to be heard by everyone with a desire to experience both genuinely top-class music making, and creativity in all its forms.” John Harle, composer & saxophonist
La Folia brings together instrumentalists, singers and dancers in a wide range of projects. Myths and stories that have inspired composers and writers become transformed into original pieces of music theatre.
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Performance is at the heart of every La Folia project. We perform a wide range of existing repertoire and new music in groups ranging from small chamber ensembles to a full concert orchestra. We also mount our own productions of specially devised music theatre.
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For a detailed look at the impact of La Folia’s work, click here to read a case study, commissioned and funded by Wiltshire Music Connect.