Baroque at the Edge

Our Festival theme for 2017 is inspired by the anniversaries of two of the period’s most important figures: Monteverdi (born in 1567) and Telemann (died in 1767). These two great composers worked at opposite extremes of the era, and could both be said to have had a creative foot outside the Baroque – back in the Renaissance period in Monteverdi’s case, forward into the Classical period in Telemann’s – so we’ve decided to reflect this in our programming and entitle our theme Baroque at the Edge.

We won’t just be looking at the chronological edges of the Baroque, however; the title is also an excuse to investigate some of the other ways in which Baroque composers and performers have pushed at the boundaries, whether expressively, sonically or even geographically. As ever, there’ll be opportunities to hear major masterpieces of the Baroque from the likes of Bach, Handel and Monteverdi alongside less familiar music of the highest quality by Telemann, Rameau and Pergolesi performed by top international artists including Vox Luminis, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Early Opera Company.

Priority booking opens for Friends of London Festival of Baroque Music and Friends of St John’s Smith Square on Monday 30 January 2017 (in person, by phone and post only) and general booking opens on Monday 6 February 2017 (also online).

I hope you will join us at the edge in May.

Lindsay Kemp
Artistic Director

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2017 Funders

Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
The Hargreaves and Ball Trust
The Kirby Laing Foundation
Fidelio Charitable Trust
The R K Charitable Trust

The Nugee Foundation