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July 2017

Medium in the company of gods

In the Company of Gods: music by François Couperin, Marin Marais, and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Wednesday 5 July, 7.00 pm

Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT

The court of Louis XIV did indeed become a parnassus – a source for some of the greatest music and poetry of the time. In this concert we focus on private music for the King, by Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean Philippe Rameau – and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. She is often introduced as a ‘woman composer’, but as the three pieces played here will show, she transcends any category. Her work can display drama, intensity, and great artistic subtlety. No wonder that Évrard Titon du Tillet in his Parnasse français (1732) gave her a place on Mount Parnassus alongside Marais and Couperin. This will be a rare chance to hear Jacquet de La Guerre, in the company with which she so clearly belongs. Find out more

Medium in the company of gods

In the Company of Gods: music by François Couperin, Marin Marais, and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Friday 7 July, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

The court of Louis XIV did indeed become a parnassus – a source for some of the greatest music and poetry of the time. In this concert we focus on private music for the King, by Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean Philippe Rameau – and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. She is often introduced as a ‘woman composer’, but as the three pieces played here will show, she transcends any category. Her work can display drama, intensity, and great artistic subtlety. No wonder that Évrard Titon du Tillet in his Parnasse français (1732) gave her a place on Mount Parnassus alongside Marais and Couperin. This will be a rare chance to hear Jacquet de La Guerre, in the company with which she so clearly belongs. Find out more

October 2017

Medium sound the trumpet

Sound the trumpet!

Thursday 5 October, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

To mark our twentieth anniversary, we present an all-Bach programme: two joyous, well-known cantatas, complemented by two celebrated instrumental works. ‘Weichet nur betrübte Schatten’ is a wedding canata for solo soprano voice; ‘Jauchzet Gott’ gives virtuosic parts to solo soprano and trumpet. The trumpet is featured also in Brandenburg Concerto no. 2. The other concerto in the concert is well known in its version for harpsichord, but is given here in the reconstructed version for oboe d’amore. This will be a special, celebratory event – with extra features to be revealed on the night. Find out more

Medium sound the trumpet

Sound the trumpet!

Saturday 7 October, 7.30 pm

St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1NU

To mark our twentieth anniversary, we present an all-Bach programme: two joyous, well-known cantatas, complemented by two celebrated instrumental works. ‘Weichet nur betrübte Schatten’ is a wedding canata for solo soprano voice; ‘Jauchzet Gott’ gives virtuosic parts to solo soprano and trumpet. The trumpet is featured also in Brandenburg Concerto no. 2. The other concerto in the concert is well known in its version for harpsichord, but is given here in the reconstructed version for oboe d’amore. This will be a special, celebratory event – with extra features to be revealed on the night. Find out more

Medium food of love

The Food of Love

Saturday 14 October, 7.45 pm

Georgian Concert Society, St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Shakespeare’s plays were at the heart of the Restoration theatrical repertory. Freely adapted, with lavish music and spectacular staging, a number of them remained popular even after a new Restoration repertory had developed. In this programme, music by Henry Purcell is placed alongside that of his predecessors, Matthew Locke and Robert Smith, and of his pupil John Weldon, painting a picture of changing musical approaches to the words of the bard. The programme also includes the earliest surviving setting of a sonnet by Shakespeare, an adaptation of Sonnet no. 116 by Henry Lawes. Find out more

Medium sound the trumpet

Sound the trumpet!

Sunday 22 October, 5.00 pm

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

To mark our twentieth anniversary, we present an all-Bach programme: two joyous, well-known cantatas, complemented by two celebrated instrumental works. ‘Weichet nur betrübte Schatten’ is a wedding canata for solo soprano voice; ‘Jauchzet Gott’ gives virtuosic parts to solo soprano and trumpet. The trumpet is featured also in Brandenburg Concerto no. 2. The other concerto in the concert is well known in its version for harpsichord, but is given here in the reconstructed version for oboe d’amore. This will be a special, celebratory event – with extra features to be revealed on the night. Find out more

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