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March 2019

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The Seven Last Words

Saturday 30 March, 7.30 pm

St Dominic’s Priory, Southampton Road, London NW5 4LB

In the approach to Easter, The Bach Players perform Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words in the version for string quartet. Haydn’s composition was extraordinarily popular in his own time; following the original composition for full orchestra, he wrote the chamber version and then another for orchestra and choir. Charles Burney, who heard an early performance of the version for string quartet, wrote in 1791 that it was ‘perhaps, the most sublime composition without words to point out its meaning that has ever been composed’. The concert will take place in the Lady Chapel, and will be played without an interval. Find out more

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The Seven Last Words

Sunday 31 March, 5.00 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

In the approach to Easter, The Bach Players perform Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words in the version for string quartet. Haydn’s composition was extraordinarily popular in his own time; following the original composition for full orchestra, he wrote the chamber version and then another for orchestra and choir. Charles Burney, who heard an early performance of the version for string quartet, wrote in 1791 that it was ‘perhaps, the most sublime composition without words to point out its meaning that has ever been composed’. The concert will be played without an interval. Find out more

May 2019

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Dance of the Nations

Thursday 9 May, 7.30 pm

The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY

The Bach Players join hands with Ricardo Barros’s Mercurius Company to present a concert that embodies the European idea in music and dance. Musicians have always travelled, both in mind and in body, and this programme will take you on a journey across the Continent: from Russia and Turkey, through Switzerland, Italy, France, and on to Spain and Portugal. Our performers come from Brazil, Britain, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands. The music will be both played and danced to, providing an enjoyable reminder that dance was fundamental to music in the baroque period, and part of the fabric of everyday life then. Telemann’s suite ‘Les Nations’, in which the characters of European countries are depicted in music, is followed by Rebel’s ‘Les caractères de la danse’: a compendium of the main dance forms of the period, performed by Ricardo Barros. Vivaldi’s passionate and hugely popular set of variations on ‘La Follia’ takes on fresh meanings when danced out. The concert concludes with Telemann’s ‘burlesque’ of Don Quixotte. The Spanish nobleman of Cervantes’s novel lives in an imaginary world in which he chases windmills and hankers after sweet Dulcinée. He prefers his fantasies to the reality of the world: a fable for the times in which we live? The concert can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
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A hop and step across the Channel: learn to dance a Gavotte and a Menuet with Ricardo Barros

Saturday 11 May, 10.30 am

St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

Follow English dancing master Mr Isaac’s footsteps and hop across the channel for a dancing ‘entente cordiale’. Learn contredanses in the two most popular forms of the Baroque period: the gavotte ‘La Bonne Amitié’ by Feuillet (1706) and the ‘Menuet Anglois’ by Lorin (1698).

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Dance of the Nations

Saturday 11 May, 7.15 pm

St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

The Bach Players join hands with Ricardo Barros’s Mercurius Company to present a concert that embodies the European idea in music and dance. Musicians have always travelled, both in mind and in body, and this programme will take you on a journey across the Continent: from Russia and Turkey, through Switzerland, Italy, France, and on to Spain and Portugal. Our performers come from Brazil, Britain, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands. The music will be both played and danced to, providing an enjoyable reminder that dance was fundamental to music in the baroque period, and part of the fabric of everyday life then. Telemann’s suite ‘Les Nations’, in which the characters of European countries are depicted in music, is followed by Rebel’s ‘Les caractères de la danse’: a compendium of the main dance forms of the period, performed by Riccardo Barros. Vivaldi’s passionate and hugely popular set of variations on ‘La Follia’ takes on fresh meanings when danced out. The concert concludes with Telemann’s ‘burlesque’ of Don Quixotte. The Spanish nobleman of Cervantes’s novel lives in an imaginary world in which he chases windmills and hankers after sweet Dulcinée. He prefers his fantasies to the reality of the world: a fable for the times in which we live? The concert will be presented in the round, in the main body of the church, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Find out more

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Mystery Sonatas

Friday 24 May, 8.15 pm

Oud-Katholieke Kerk ’t Huis te Poort, Dam 30, 3111 BD Schiedam, The Netherlands

In this concert Nicolette Moonen and Pawel Siwczak play a selection of Biber’s Mystery (or Rosary) Sonatas. Pawel Siwczak will also play organ music by composers of Biber’s time. Find out more

November 2019

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A musical offering

Sunday 3 November, 3.30 pm

Brighton Early Music Festival

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering (BWV 1079) is a late work that both looks back to the tradition in which he was grounded and forward to the music of his sons. The concert opens with a sonata by Buxtehude, Bach’s admired elder: we hear the ‘stylus phantasticus’ in full flight, with its unpredictable structures and sometimes startling improvisatory freedoms. The Musical Offering is often taken to be a disjointed collection of fragments, dominated by the culminating, beautiful trio sonata. This performance treats the work as an essay in the musical rhetoric in which Bach was immersed. The succession of canons and fugues become a speech – a musical oration, in which factual statements are then elaborated on and developed in argumentative sections, interspersed with charming passages that may seduce the listener. The sonata then gives free rein to the whole spectrum of emotions. The work concludes with a final, calming ‘perpetual canon’. This is a chance to hear Bach’s famous piece with fresh ears. Find out more

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A European Christmas

Thursday 28 November, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

Advent and Christmas music from two traditions: Austrian/Italian Catholic and German Protestant Find out more

December 2019

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A European Christmas

Sunday 1 December, 5.00 pm

St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

Advent and Christmas music from two traditions: Austrian/Italian Catholic and German Protestant Find out more

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