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The Little Match Girl Passion (2012)

Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini perform one of the greatest Bach motets alongside Pulitzer prize-winning contemporary piece ‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ by Grammy award winning composer David Lang in this one-of-a-kind Christmas concert.

The show is brought to life by wonderfully intricate shadow puppet animation from National Theatre and Barbican favourite, Matthew Robins. 

I Fagiolini:
Emma Tring, Anna Dennis - Sopranos
Robert Hollingworth - Countertenor/director
Christopher Bowen - Tenor
Jimmy Holliday - Bass

Music Director - Robert Hollingworth
Live Animation - Matthew Robins
Production Manager - Martin Langthorne 

Created by Opera North Projects with support from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.



I Fagiolini are a group renowned for their innovative staged productions of Renaissance and Baroque music theatre works. The group has recorded 19 CD’s, and given live performances around the world, from the BBC Proms and Lincon Centre Festival to the Far East and Africa. Robert Hollingworth directs I Fagiolini’s concerts, and also writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3, including Discovering Music and The Early Music Show.

Matthew Robins is a folk musician who uses shadow puppets on stage. Combining music, live animation, shadow puppetry, stories about foxes and audience craft participation, Matthew has been touring his live show around the country for the last five years, performing at comedy clubs, museums and Tate Modern, as well as The National Theatre, The Barbican and The Roundhouse. Recent shows include Lullaby at the Barbican, and Something Very Far Away at the Unicorn Theatre, which won the 2012 Off-West-End Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People.

Performance history


Spitalfields Winter Music Festival, Shoreditch Church, London
14th December

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North 
15th December

Warwick Arts Centre          
21st December

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