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VOICE AND VERSE
IN HARMONY

13 – 19 May 2016

Dr. Ruth Smith

Friday 13 May, 6.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Festival Talk


Only Words

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Dr. Ruth Smith

Dr Ruth Smith, author of Handel’s Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought, explores the literary, political and religious background to Handel’s Biblical oratorios Messiah and Israel in Egypt.

Dunedin Consort

Friday 13 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Dunedin Consort
Joanne Lunn soprano
Meg Bragle alto 1
Esther Brazil alto 2
Joshua Ellicott tenor
EDWARD GRINT bass 1
Robert Davies bass 2
John Butt harpsichord & director


God Spake the Word 1

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Dunedin Consort

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, admired for their fresh and revealing approaches to Baroque masterworks, present Handel’s Messiah in the rarely performed version heard at its premiere.

John Butt

Saturday 14 May, 11.00am
British Library (The Foyle Suite)

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John Butt


Words on the Page

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John Butt

John Butt discusses the significance of original texts and assesses what Handel’s manuscripts have to tell us about his oratorios.

Bruce Dickey

Saturday 14 May, 4.00pm
St Peter's Eaton Square

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Bruce Dickey cornett
Alberto Rasi viola da gamba
Maria Christina Cleary harp
Liuwe Tamminga organ


Songs without Words

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Bruce Dickey

Bruce Dickey, widely acknowledged as the world’s greatest exponent of the cornett, demonstrates how the cool sounds of the Renaissance were transformed into a rich new species of instrumental eloquence

Monteverdi String Band

Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Nicholas Mulroy Testo
Faye Newton Clorinda
NICHOLAS HURNDALL SMITH Tancredi
Monteverdi String Band
Oliver Webber violin & music director
Karolina Sofulak stage director


War of Words

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Monteverdi String Band

The Monteverdi String Band presents a unique staged version of Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda that brings this “passion-fight” vividly to life in carnival fashion, with poetry and swordsmanship.

Sing Baroque

Sunday 15 May, 10.30am
Westminster School (Manoukian Music Centre)

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Sing Baroque

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Sing Baroque

Join director Robert Howarth for a special Handel workshop in which you’ll learn and be coached in selected choruses from Messiah and Israel in Egypt.

Roberta Invernizzi

Sunday 15 May, 3.30pm
St Peter's Eaton Square

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Roberta Invernizzi soprano
Craig Marchitelli theorbo


Servant of the Words

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Roberta Invernizzi

One of the finest Baroque sopranos of our age performs songs and monologues from the early days of the Italian Baroque.

Iestyn Davies

Sunday 15 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Iestyn Davies counter-tenor
with

Jonathan Manson bass viol
Alex McCartney lute
Jonathan Cohen harpsichord


Words with Purcell 1

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Iestyn Davies

No composer has ever responded to English words with more sensitivity, expressive detail and beauty than Henry Purcell, and there can be few singers better qualified to prove it than Iestyn Davies, one of today’s great counter-tenor stars.

Olivia Chaney

Sunday 15 May, 9.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Olivia Chaney voice, piano, guitars, harmonium


Words with Purcell 2
Late o'Clock Baroque

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Olivia Chaney

Olivia Chaney, the classically trained singer-songwriter with a fast-growing reputation and a special love of Purcell, is joined by special guests for a new programme of freshly interpreted and arranged Purcell, folk-ballads and her own Baroque-inspired songs.

Ceruleo

Monday 16 May, 1.05pm
St John's Smith Square

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Ceruleo


Future Baroque 1

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Ceruleo

Our 2016 young artist platform kicks off with a new ensemble formed from students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

profetti dell quinta

Monday 16 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Profeti della Quinta


Haleluyáh!

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profetti dell quinta

Echoes from the Mantuan ghetto, provided by music from the Hashirim Asher Li’Shlomo, a collection of psalm settings in Hebrew by Salomone Rossi, an Italian-Jewish contemporary of Monteverdi.

Rowan Pierce

Tuesday 17 May, 1.05pm
St John's Smith Square

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Ignis
Rowan Pierce soprano


Future Baroque 2

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Rowan Pierce

An exciting new chamber ensemble from the Historical Performance Department of the Royal College of Music performs music by Vivaldi, Duphly and Bach.

Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tuesday 17 May, 7.00pm
Westminster Abbey

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


God Spake the Word 2

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Choir of Westminster Abbey

Israel in Egypt was Handel’s first oratorio to set words from the Scriptures. It is also one of his most intensely dramatic. What better work for the receptive open spaces of Westminster Abbey!

Mahan Esfahani

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

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Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
with
Thomas Hobbs tenor


Key Words

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Mahan Esfahani

Can the harpsichord speak? Surely yes, when it is in the hands of star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.

Tabea Debus

Thursday 19 May, 1.05pm
St John's Smith Square

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Tabea Debus recorder
with Oliver Pooley percussion


Future Baroque 3

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Tabea Debus

For the final concert in our emerging artists’ platform we join forces with our hosts to showcase this brilliant recorder player from the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists scheme.

Rachel Podger

Thursday 19 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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EUROPEAN UNION BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
RACHEL PODGER violin & director


Final Word

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Rachel Podger

The ever-inspiring EUBO makes a welcome return to round off this year’s Festival under the dynamic leadership of guest-director Rachel Podger.

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