Realm of Music and James Mayhew have several alluring programmes well suited to festivals seeking to open their doors to a wider audience, or simply promotors looking for an extremely entertaining, high quality event which is a bit different!
One of our favourite programmes is Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Audiences feel confident coming to music that is so popular, and know they will enjoy. What most people don’t realize, however, is that the music is actually based on very evocative poetry written by Vivaldi himself. James' version of this story appeals to children and adults alike, and, as in the original re-creates heart-warming scenes for every season.
The performance lasts approximately 60 minutes. At the end, James usually holds a raffle (donations to charity) for the finished paintings. This lasts about 5 minutes, and is also part of the entertainment, adding an exciting finale to the show with the lucky winners carrying away original James Mayhew paintings.
For promotors looking for programmes with smaller forces (ranging from James with 2 - 5 musicians), please see Programmes.
James introduces the story, then paints each scene as it unfolds in the music. The painting is projected onto the big screen in real time.
After the show children are thrilled to meet James Mayhew in person, as he autographs copies of his best-selling books.
For the Four Seasons, Realm of Music comprises eight musicians to perform alongside James: the solo violinist (Penelope Spencer), two more violins, a viola, a cello, and theorbo, a double bass and a harpsichord (8 players). The musicians are all soloists in their own right, and are specialist performers of baroque music on period instruments. This lighter and more exciting approach breathes life into baroque music, and works extremely well in small venues such as the performance hall. It is also much more cost-effective than a standard orchestra. If a larger venue were available, Realm of Music can expand to a standard baroque orchestra comprising solo violin, 7 tutti violins, 2 violas, cello, double bass, theorbo and a harpsichord.