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What’s On

BAROQUE AT
THE EDGE

12 – 20 May 2017

Ensemble Moliere

Friday 12 May, 1.05pm
St John's Smith Square

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Ensemble Molière


Future Baroque 1

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Ensemble Moliere

This year’s young artist platform opens with a highly regarded chamber ensemble formed by members of the Dartington International Summer School.

Lindsay Kemp

Friday 12 May, 6.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Festival Talk


Composing at the Edge

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Lindsay Kemp

Festival Artistic Director Lindsay Kemp explores how this year’s two anniversary composers – Monteverdi and Telemann – reflected their changing musical times.

Lucy Crowe

Friday 12 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Early Opera Company
Lucy Crowe soprano
Tim Mead counter-tenor
Christian Curnyn harpsichord/organ & director


Forward Baroque

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Lucy Crowe

The Early Opera Company brings music from the late Baroque cutting edge to open this year’s Festival, including urgently expressive works by two of J. S. Bach’s forward-looking sons, and the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater.

Jean Rondeau

Saturday 13 May, 4.00pm
St Peter's Eaton Square

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Jean Rondeau  harpsichord


Vertigo

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Jean Rondeau

Rising virtuoso Jean Rondeau explores the flamboyant, poetic and compelling fantasy world of the late-flowering French harpsichord repertoire.

Elin Manahan Thomas

Saturday 13 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Florilegium
Elin Manahan Thomas  soprano
Ashley Solomon  flute & director


Whither shall I fly?

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Elin Manahan Thomas

Telemann the man of the High Baroque and Telemann the progressive eye each other in two works from his final decade, culminating in his powerful late masterpiece, the extraordinary and dramatic soprano cantata Ino.

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Saturday 13 May, 9.30pm
St John's Smith Square

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Jean Rondeau harpsichord
Thomas Dunford lute
Keyvan Chemirani oriental percussion & director


Jasmin Toccata
Late o’Clock Baroque

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An inspirational meeting of European Baroque and traditional Persian musical worlds, as three highly talented improvising musicians juxtapose 16th and 17th-century masters.

Sing Baroque

Sunday 14 May, 10.30am
St John's Smith Square

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Robert Howarth  conductor


Sing Baroque

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Sing Baroque

Join Robert Howarth for a special singing workshop in which you’ll learn and be coached in selected choruses from Monteverdi’s Vespers and Handel’s Jephtha.

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

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

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Vox Luminis
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra


Monteverdi Ancient and Modern 1: Vespers of 1610

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Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Monteverdi’s iconic Vespers of 1610 is presented for us by an exciting pairing of first-rank vocal and instrumental ensembles, performing together for the first time.

Choir of Westminster Abbey

Tuesday 16 May, 7.00pm
Westminster Abbey

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


J. S. Bach Mass in B minor

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Choir of Westminster Abbey

Our annual visit to Westminster Abbey honours Bach’s late masterpiece, compiled and adapted in his final years.

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

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Ensemble Hesperi


Future Baroque 2

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A bright new duo of recorder and harpsichord, formed at the Royal College of Music, performs music from 18th-century Scotland.

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

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Les Passions de l’Ame
Meret Lüthi  violin & director


Edge of Europe

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Swiss ensemble Les Passions de l’Ame is known for its high-spirited performances and here makes its UK full concert debut.

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Thursday 18 May, 6.15pm
St John's Smith Square

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Pre-concert Talk

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Robert Hollingworth talks to Lindsay Kemp about Monteverdi and L’Orfeo.

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Thursday 18 May, 7.45pm
St John's Smith Square

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Matthew Long Orfeo
Rachel Ambrose Evans Euridice
Clare Wilkinson Proserpina
Ciara Hendrick Messenger
William Purefoy Speranza
Nicholas Hurndall Smith Apollo
Greg Skidmore Infernal Spirit
Charles Gibbs Plutone
Christopher Adams Caronte

I Fagiolini
The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Robert Hollingworth director
Thomas Guthrie stage director


Monteverdi Ancient and Modern 2: L’Orfeo (semi-staged)

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Masters of Monteverdi, I Fagiolini bring us the composer’s first opera in a creative semi-staging.

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

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Nathaniel Mander  harpsichord


Future Baroque 3

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The exciting young British harpsichordist, already a winner of several prestigious prizes, gives a recital of works by Byrd, Tomkins, Blow, J. C. Bach and Haydn.

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

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European Union Baroque Orchestra
Maria Keohane  soprano
Lars Ulrik Mortensen  harpsichord & director


On the brink of love

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A warm welcome back to the youthful talents of EUBO, this time with its regular Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

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Saturday 20 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square

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Nick Pritchard  Jephtha
Helen Charlston  Storgè
MATTHEW BROOK  Zebul
James Hall  Hamor
Mary Bevan  Iphis
Rowan Pierce  Angel
Holst Singers
Academy of Ancient Music
Stephen Layton  conductor


Handel – Jephtha

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Handel’s last (and, many say, best) oratorio tells the story of the Israelite general who comes to regret a rash vow made to God.

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