What’s On

WOMEN IN
BAROQUE MUSIC

15 – 19 May 2015

Dr Berta Joncas

Friday 15 May, 6.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Festival Talk


From Salon to Stage: The Genius of Female Baroque Musicians

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Dr Berta Joncas

Dr Berta Joncus, Senior Lecturer in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, explores this year’s Festival theme.

Masaaki Suzuki

Friday 15 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Bach Collegium Japan
Hana Blažíková soprano
Masaaki Suzuki harpsichord & director


How Joyful is my Heart

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Masaaki Suzuki

Adversity, sorrow and penitence yield to unalloyed joy in two of Bach’s finest cantatas for solo voice, interspersed with two of his most popular concertos in this rare visit to London from one of the world’s most distinguished Bach interpreters.

Concerto Soave

Saturday 16 May, 4.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Concerto Soave
María Cristina Kiehr soprano
Jean-Marc Aymes harpsichord, organ & director


Canto delle Dame

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Concerto Soave

One of the most distinctive and compelling voices in Baroque performance sings music of sensitivity, passion and skill from the rich environment for women composers that was 17th-century Italy.

Carolyn Sampson Photo: Marco Borggeve

Saturday 16 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Ex Cathedra
CAROLYN SAMPSON  SOPRANO
MATTHEW BARBER  NARRATOR
JEFFREY SKIDMORE  CONDUCTOR


Music for Marie Fel

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Carolyn Sampson Photo: Marco Borggeve

Soprano Marie Fel, the ‘adorable nightingale’ who held Parisian audiences spellbound during one of the most glorious periods in French music history and inspired the greatest composers of the day, is celebrated by a favourite modern-day nightingale in works by Rameau, Lalande, Mondonville and others.

Duo Domenico

Saturday 16 May, 9.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Duo Domenico:
Jonathan Rees & Vladimir Waltham cellos & bass viols


Late o’Clock Baroque

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Duo Domenico

The award-winning duo inaugurate the Festival’s new informal late-night strand with a contest between cello and bass viol in music by Bach, Forqueray, Barrière and Masse, among others.

The Wallace Collection

Sunday 17 May, 2pm
The Wallace Collection

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Gallery Tour


Music, Dance and Gallantry in 18th-Century French Art

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The Wallace Collection

Focusing on the Wallace Collection’s 18th-century French masterpieces, this exclusive tour will explore the multi-faceted influences of music and dance on the ideals of the galant society.

Béatrice Martin

Sunday 17 May, 3.30pm
The Wallace Collection

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The Bach Players:
Nicolette Moonen violin & director
Oliver Webber violin
Reiko Ichise viola da gamba
Silas Wollston harpsichord
with Béatrice Martin harpsichord


‘A wonder has appeared in Paris’

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Béatrice Martin

Lady harpsichordists in 17th-century France were not unusual, but Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre was right there in the tough world of professional music-making. This concert sets exquisite harpsichord solos played by Béatrice Martin alongside chamber music performed by The Bach Players.

The Choir of Orphan girls (detail), De Agostini Picture Library, A. Dagli Orti, Bridgeman Images

Sunday 17 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Kati Debretzeni violin & director


A Visit to the Pietà

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The Choir of Orphan girls (detail), De Agostini Picture Library, A. Dagli Orti, Bridgeman Images

Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of the most familiar of all choral works, yet was written for all-female forces. Join Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as they recreate the lost sound-world of Vivaldi’s sacred music.

Robert Howarth

Sunday 17 May, 10.30am
St John's Smith Square

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Workshop


Sing Baroque

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Robert Howarth

Join director Robert Howarth from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a special workshop at which you’ll learn and be coached in excerpts from Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Robert Howarth

Saturday 25 April, 10.30am
St John's Smith Square

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Workshop


Sing Baroque Plus!

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Robert Howarth

Join director Robert Howarth from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a workshop on Vivaldi Gloria. N.B. this event takes place before the main Festival.

Rowan Pierce

Monday 18 May, 1.05pm
St John's Smith Square

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Medici
Rowan Pierce soprano


Future Baroque

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Rowan Pierce

An exciting new ensemble of nine musicians from the Historical Performance Department at the Royal College of Music performs music by Handel, Bach, Royer, Telemann, Corelli and Vivaldi.

Julia Doyle

Monday 18 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Julia Doyle soprano
Grace Davidson soprano
Jonathan Manson bass viol
Steven Devine harpsichord, organ & director


Leçons des ténèbres

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Julia Doyle

Baroque music’s best-kept secret: François Couperin’s intimate but achingly expressive Leçons des ténèbres, composed for performance in a convent during Holy Week, might just be the most beautiful music you’ve never heard.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tuesday 19 May, 7.30pm
Westminster Abbey

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey
St James’s Baroque
James O’Donnell conductor


‘Favoured as the sun’

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey

With its rich choruses and exotic, sensuous vocal solos, Monteverdi’s  Vespers collection of 1610 is one of the Baroque’s iconic works, and a suitably celebratory conclusion to our new Festival.

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