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October 2019

Medium couperin dance

Couperin: l’Art de la Danse

Sunday 20 October, 7.30 pm

Two Moors Festival, South Molton, Devon

We present a variety of François Couperin’s instrumental compositions in both the Italian and French styles: formal dances and character pieces, sonatas and harpsichord solo pieces. Our dancers will dance where appropriate. This is an exploration: can music be danced to, if it was not in the first place composed to be danced to? At the centre of the programme is Jean-Féry Rebel’s composition ‘Les Caractères de la Dance’, written as an interval piece for solo dancer. Find out more

November 2019

Medium musical offering

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

Medium european christmas

A European Christmas

Thursday 28 November, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

The concert is a celebration of Advent and Christmas. In the first half we present music from the Austro-Italian seventeenth-century Catholic tradition. We move from the Annunciation to the birth of Jesus, with the focus on Mary and the baby Jesus. Then, after the interval, we pass on to the eighteenth-century Lutheran tradition in Germany. We play two cantatas by J.S. Bach: ‘Schwingt freudig euch empor’, composed for the first Sunday in Advent, and ‘Selig ist der Mann’, composed for second Christmas day. The focus of the texts is now on the Christian believer. Find out more

December 2019

Medium european christmas

A European Christmas

Sunday 1 December, 5.00 pm

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

The concert is a celebration of Advent and Christmas. In the first half we present music from the Austro-Italian seventeenth-century Catholic tradition. We move from the Annunciation to the birth of Jesus, with the focus on Mary and the baby Jesus. Then, after the interval, we pass on to the eighteenth-century Lutheran tradition in Germany. We play two cantatas by J.S. Bach: ‘Schwingt freudig euch empor’, composed for the first Sunday in Advent, and ‘Selig ist der Mann’, composed for second Christmas day. The focus of the texts is now on the Christian believer. Find out more

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Biber: the Joyful Mysteries

Wednesday 4 December, 7.30 pm

Clitheroe Grammar School, Sixth Form Centre, York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DJ

In this concert Nicolette Moonen and Pawel Siwczak play the first five of Biber’s Mystery or Rosary sonatas, concerned with the birth of Christ and the events that surrounded it. Pawel Siwczak will also play organ music by composers of Biber’s time: Buxtehude and Pachelbel. Find out more

January 2020

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Pour le souper du roi

Wednesday 22 January, 7.30 pm

Influence Church, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4AS

This programme paints a musical picture of the chamber music presented to Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Composers who were allowed into the inner circle of the king were given the title ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’: their tasks included providing music for the king in his private rooms. Some of the best chamber music of the period was written for these occasions. Find out more

March 2020

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Biber: the Sorrowful Mysteries

Sunday 15 March, 7.30 pm

St Swithin’s Church, Clunbury, Shropshire SY7 0HG

Following their first Biber concert at St Swithin’s, in December 2018, Nicolette Moonen and Pawel Siwczak perform the second cycle of the Rosary or Mystery sonatas. This cycle is concerned with the death of Christ and the events that surrounded it. Pawel Siwczak will also play organ music by composers of Biber’s time. The concert will take place in this beautiful parish church, built originally in the twelfth century, and will be candlelit. Find out more

April 2020

Medium biber 2 thorns web

Biber: the Sorrowful Mysteries

Saturday 4 April, 7.30 pm

Saxon Shore Early Music: St Mary’s Church, Kenardington, Kent TN26 2NF

Nicolette Moonen and Pawel Siwczak perform the second cycle of the H.I.F. Biber’s Rosary or Mystery sonatas. This cycle is concerned with the death of Christ and the events that surrounded it. Pawel Siwczak will also play organ music by composers of Biber’s time. Find out more

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