The Bach Players – The Food of Love: Music for Shakespeare's plays and poems
Shakespeare's plays were at the heart of the Restoration theatrical repertory. In this programme, music by Henry Purcell is placed alongside that of his predecessors, Matthew Locke and Robert Smith, and of his pupil John Weldon, painting a picture of changing musical approaches to the words of the bard.
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017, 7.30pm, St Andrew's & St George's West
Fretwork – A Mingled Chime: 'In Nomines' through the ages
'In Nomines', instrumental pieces based on a section of a mass composed by John Taverner, were written by many leading English composers of the 16th and 17th centuries such as William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Christopher Tye. Fretwork brings a wealth of experience to their exploration of these fascinating works.
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017, 7.30pm, St Cecilia's Hall
Luisa Morales and Carole Cerasi – An Entertainment for Prince Gabriel
A programme celebrating the life and musical tastes of Prince Gabriel of Borbon (1752–88). A keyboard player and collector of harpsichords, clavichords and organs, the prince was also the dedicatee of a large part of Antonio Soler's keyboard works, including the six concertos for two keyboard instruments.
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2018, 7.30pm, St Andrew's & St George's West
Syrinx – The Saxon Alternative
Telemann's wind music reveals a fascinating mix of styles: perfectly balanced baroque dances and full-blown orchestral overtures rub shoulders with the rustic. The oboe and horn ensemble was a new phenomenon at this time, and Telemann takes full advantage of the opportunity to experiment.
SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018, 7.30pm, St Andrew's & St George's West
Fieri Consort – Love and Fortune: A noble legacy
From haunting melancholy to stormy passion, the Fieri Consort explores the powerfully expressive influence of Cipriano de Rore on the generations of composers who followed him. Includes madrigals by Rore, Marenzio, de Wert, Ingegneri, Willaert and Monteverdi, as well as music for harp and theorbo.
SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018, 7.30pm, St Cecilia's Hall
Flanders Recorder Quartet – Music by J.S. Bach and Telemann arranged for four recorders
J.S. Bach is without doubt the greatest musical genius that Western culture has produced. In this programme the acclaimed Flanders Recorder Quartet presents the diversity of his output with arrangements of expressive chorales, inventive preludes and fugues, lively Italianate concerti and a monumental passacaglia.
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