Treasures of the Grand Siècle.


The London Festival of Baroque Music will return from 11 to 19 May 2018 and a French theme will prevail.

During the week, I will be joined by Ensemble Correspondances, the award-winning group formed in 2008. We will present our staged production of Charpentier’s Histoires Sacrées on Thursday 17 May 2018. This production, staged by director Vincent Huguet, will be a UK premiére (and the only UK performance prior to a release on the Harmonia Mundi label in November 2018).

Continuing the French theme, the festival will celebrate the birth of François Couperin (b.1668) with an innovative performance of his Leçons de ténèbres for Late o’Clock Baroque (Saturday 12 May 2018). Le Concert de l’Hostel-Dieu and their director, Frank-Emmanuel Comte, collaborate with South Indian musicians in the programme ‘Paris-Madras’ which, exploring night-music, alternates Indian midnight raga with Les Leçons de ténèbres. 

Finally, stepping briefly out of France to revisit the ‘Edge of the Baroque’, we are delighted to welcome La Nuova Musica with their director David Bates who on Sunday 13 May return to the story of Orfeo, but this time transported to the late Baroque/early Classical period, a rare chance to hear Gluck’s 1762 version of the opera. David will be joined by Katherine Watson as Eurydice, Rebecca Bottone as Cupid, and Iestyn Davies in the title role.

Full details of the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018 will be published later this year. To ensure you are among the first to hear about the festival please sign up to our email list.

Priority booking opens for Friends of London Festival of Baroque Music and Friends of St John’s Smith Square on Monday 29 January 2018 (in person, by phone and post only) and general booking opens on Monday 5 February 2017 (also online).

I hope you will join us to discover these treasures in May.

Sébastien Daucé
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