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LONDON BAROQUE

Les Amours Baroque
Outstanding viol player Charles Medlam and his daughter Hannah, a soprano, are joined by theorbo player Alex McCartney for a programme of 17th century songs and instrumental music from London, Paris and Rome.

Featuring vocal works by William Lawes, Purcell, Michel Lambert and Marc-Antoine Charpentier and a cantata in French written during Handel's sojourn in Rome. Virtuoso bass viol pieces from France's foremost “Maître de viole” are complemented by some wonderfully rich theorbo pieces by Robert de Visée, Louis XIV’s favourite lutenist.

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Concert diary

ENSEMBLE HESPERI

The Pheasant's Eye

Saturday 21st September St. Mary's Church at 7.30pm

Saturday 19th October in St. Mary's Church at 7.30pm

IMPROVISO

Since forming in 2017, Improviso has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh and the Brighton Early Music Festival. The ensemble is currently supported by the EEEmerging project (Emerging European Ensembles) within the Creative Europe programme and is members have been Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artists.

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Improviso

Four accomplished musicians (and former Royal College of Music students) present music from the 17th and 18th centuries including works by Vivaldi, Handel and C.P.E. Bach alongside improvising in styles from the same period.

Saturday 14th December in St. Mary's Church at 7.30pm

SOCIETY OF STRANGE AND ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS

The Longest Night

In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth.

Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger, fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs. .

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Saturday 29th February in St. Mary's Church at 7.30pm

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CONTINUUM

J.S. Bach: Master of melody and harmony

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Saturday 18th April in St. Mary's Church at 7.30pm

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JOGLARESA

A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles! Joglaresa explores the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas.

The Enchantress of Seville

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With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the members of Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient and the 11th to the 21st century.

Friday 31st January in United Free Church at 7.30pm

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Ensemble Hesperi presents ‘The Pheasant’s Eye’, a unique artistic project presenting classical Scottish Baroque music and Highland dance.

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Distinctive for its soaring melodies and catchy Celtic rhythms, the music of eighteenth century Scotland has timeless appeal, its ‘fusion’ style inspired both by Italian Baroque fashions and traditional Scottish dance music. To bring the dance movements to life, the ensemble will be joined by Highland dancer Kathleen Gilbert, who has produced new choreography to music by Scottish-born musicians such as James Oswald and the eccentric Earl of Kellie. Formed in 2018, Ensemble Hesperi is an innovative young period ensemble, selected as Britten-Pears Young Artists for 2020 in their Chamber Music in Residence scheme. The ensemble also appeared recently on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” programme and recorded in studio for Classic FM during 2019.

Supported with public lottery funding from Arts Council England.

Elizabeth Walker, Sebastian Comberti and Micheal Overbury return to present a timeless collection of solo chamber works for flute, cello and harpsichord.

Included in their programme will be the virtuosic Flute Sonata in B minor, recently reviewed : "The sketches are all melodically and harmonically structured in a logical and convincing way….. together with the beautiful playing of her continuo group, Walker has a wonderful sound. Review by Week Karsten in ‘Fluit’ magazine, Holland.