Our baroque concerts are all performed using the period instruments and styles applicable to the later Baroque period in the eighteenth century. For details about the instruments, go to: The Instruments
'From Chaos to Order' at BOXGROVE PRIORY, 6.00pm
Our leader Elizabeth Wallfisch has chosen an exciting programme of music by the French opera-ballet composer Jean-Fery Rebel and Telemann, opening with a representation of Chaos more startling that than in Haydn's 'Creation'. Earth, Fire and Air are followed by a series of colourful dances. In Telemann's 'Water Music' Suite, titled Hamburg's Ebb and Flow (perhaps a reference to crude method of sewage disposal at that time?) you will hear the winds of the gods and water well depicted in each of the movements. Elizabeth Wallfisch is herself the soloist in the Violin Concerto, and the concluding concerto is for flutes, oboe, violin and strings.
FESTIVAL OF CHICHESTER Concert at BOSHAM, 6.00pm
'The Glories of the English Baroque', led by Julia Bishop, focuses on Handel and Purcell, as well as two lesser known composers William Boyce, Master of the King's Musick and Richard Mudge, a clergyman in a rural parish near Birmingham. Handel is represented by two solo concertos: for harp (with Frances Kelly) and oboe (Gerard McDonald) as well as a concerto grosso from Handel's earlier op. 3 set.
Bach AND Telemann at St JOHN'S, 6.00pm
We welcome back Catherine Mackintosh to direct a programme of music by two of the greatest German masters. Telemann's Burlesque Overture pictures some of the Commedia dell' Arte characters Scaramouche, Columbine and Pierrot, while his triple Concerto is A is an extended work for flute, violin and cello (with Sophie Middleditch, Catherine Mackintosh and Lynden Cranham as soloists). Helen Hooker joins Sophie Middleditch on recorders in Bach's fourth Brandenburg Concerto. with Sara Deborah Struntz on the virtuoso violin part; while Sara and Catherine are partners in the Concerto for 2 violins. Less well known is the Ricercare for six strings, which is part of Bach's magnum opus 'The Musical Offering'.