SOPRIOLA (Rachel Godsill – soprano and Rachel Stott – viola and viola d’amore) is the ideal ensemble for the small but enterprising music festival. Requiring neither keyboard instruments nor special staging, the two performers can fit unusual performance spaces and are adaptable and imaginative in their approach. They perform repertoire in which the voice is accompanied by a range of instruments, from the familiar viola to the rare and unusual viola d’amore and kantele.
SOPRIOLA‘s programmes always include contemporary repertoire, which is well received, even by audiences less familiar with new music. They also often feature traditional music of the region in which they are performing, sometimes in arrangements by classical composers and sometimes in its original form. Programmes are thoughtfully put together so that audiences can connect with less familiar work through an understanding of its cultural and poetic context.
In addition to the viola and viola d’amore, SOPRIOLA introduce unusual instruments in their concerts, sometimes requiring audience involvement. Recent performances have included the sounds of Indian bells, kantele, (a Finnish harp), bandoneon and musical saw.