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March 2016

Medium laments duo

Laments for Passiontide

Thursday 3 March, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

The lament became an established musical genre and in this concert we present examples of this expressive form over two centuries, from Italy and Austria. Perhaps the first example of the musical lament was Monteverdi’s ‘Lamento d’Arianna’: a five-part madrigal, performed here with soprano and strings and continuo. Monteverdi later adapted the piece for a sacred text: his ‘Pianto della Madonna’. Haydn reworked his ‘Arianna a Naxos’ aria as a Marian lament, ‘Maria quaerit Christum filium’, for soprano and string quartet. In addition we perform passionate works by Monteverdi’s near-contemporary Merula, by Schmelzer (who worked in Vienna) and by Vivaldi (at whose funeral in Vienna Haydn might have sung).
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Medium laments duo

Laments for Passiontide

Saturday 5 March, 7.30 pm

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

The lament became an established musical genre and in this concert we present examples of this expressive form over two centuries, from Italy and Austria. Perhaps the first example of the musical lament was Monteverdi’s ‘Lamento d’Arianna’: a five-part madrigal, performed here with soprano and strings and continuo. Monteverdi later adapted the piece for a sacred text: his ‘Pianto della Madonna’. Haydn reworked his ‘Arianna a Naxos’ aria as a Marian lament, ‘Maria quaerit Christum filium’, for soprano and string quartet. In addition we perform passionate works by Monteverdi’s near-contemporary Merula, by Schmelzer (who worked in Vienna) and by Vivaldi (at whose funeral in Vienna Haydn might have sung). Find out more

June 2016

Medium food of love

‘The food of love’

Thursday 2 June, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

Vocal and instrumental music by Purcell and Locke composed for Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays – including The Tempest, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the earliest surviving musical setting of a Shakespeare sonnet, and both of Purcell’s settings of the first line of Twelfth Night Find out more

Medium food of love

‘The food of love’

Saturday 4 June, 7.30 pm

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

Vocal and instrumental music by Purcell and Locke composed for Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, including The Tempest, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the earliest surviving musical setting of a Shakespeare sonnet, and both of Purcell’s settings of the first line of Twelfth Night Find out more

Medium stabat mater 2013

Stabat Mater

Saturday 11 June, 7.30 pm

Music in Lyddington: St Andrew’s, Lyddington

In praise of the Virgin Mary: Pergolesi’s setting of the Stabat Mater text, the Concerto Madrigalesco by Vivaldi and one of his Sonatas al Santo Sepolcro, and a Mystery Sonata by Biber Find out more

July 2016

Medium pour le souper du roi

Pour le souper du roi

Wednesday 20 July, 7.30 pm

Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SP

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

August 2016

Medium seasons 2015

The Seasons

Sunday 21 August, 7.30 pm

Binham Priory, Binham, Norfolk NR21 0DQ

A summer concert of music by Vivaldi, Biber, Guido, and others. This is programmatic music, expressing the themes of nature. You will hear cuckoos, nightingales, frogs, ducks, and thunder too. Although some of these composers are not well known, this is music that will appeal to anyone – and especially to children Find out more

September 2016

Medium pour le souper du roi

Pour le souper du roi

Saturday 17 September, 7.30 pm

Totnes Early Music Society, St Mary’s Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN

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

October 2016

Medium coffee cabbage sm

Coffee and cabbage

Thursday 6 October, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

Two of J.S. Bach’s loved secular cantatas – essentially small-scale operas for soprano and bass voices – are given in the context of his orchestral suite in B minor (featuring the flute) and canons from the Goldberg Variations Find out more

Medium coffee cabbage sm

Coffee and cabbage

Saturday 8 October, 7.30 pm

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

Two of J.S. Bach’s loved secular cantatas – essentially small-scale operas for soprano and bass voices – are given in the context of his orchestral suite in B minor (featuring the flute) and canons from the Goldberg Variations Find out more

February 2017

Medium pour le souper du roi

Pour le souper du roi

Wednesday 15 February, 7.30 pm

Dorset County Museum Concert Society, Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

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

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