Baroque Voices at The Music Room
Thursday 12 October at 1.10pm
Emma Kirkby (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute)
Like as the lute – Songs and solos from the Golden Age of English Lutesong
Jones, Campion, Danyel and Dowland
Dame Carolyn Emma Kirkby is an English soprano and one of the world’s most renowned early music specialists. Kirkby studied Classics and sang with the Schola Cantorum at Oxford, and it was there that she encountered historical instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers (the lute, harpsichord, and wind and string instruments) whose sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response. As a schoolteacher and amateur singer, she was invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups; and long partnerships followed in Britain and abroad, with ensembles, individual players, and record companies, so that now Emma’s voice and style are recognized worldwide. Emma was awarded a DBE in 2007, and in 2011 the Queen’s Medal for Music.
Jakob Lindberg is a Swedish lutenist, performing solo, in small and large ensembles, and also directing operas, using instruments of the lute and guitar families.
In addition to his busy life as a performer, Jakob Lindberg teaches at the Royal College of Music in London where he succeeded Diana Poulton as professor of lute in 1979
Thursday 19 October at 1.10pm
Guy Cutting (tenor) and Aileen Henry (baroque harp)
Purcell, Pelham Humfrey, Blow and Lawes
Guy began his musical life as both chorister and choral scholar at New College, Oxford. Having graduated with a First in 2012, Guy has worked as soloist for numerous U.K. (e.g. OAE, AAM) and European early music ensembles (e.g Nederlandse Bach Vereniging), as well as world-renowned consort groups such as The Tallis Scholars.
Aileen Henry is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the baroque harp, as both a soloist and as a continuo player or accompanist. Originally from Northern Ireland, Aileen moved to London to pursue an undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly, followed by a postgraduate degree at the same institution during which she was a TL scholar. While active as a solo and orchestral modern harpist, it is as a performer of baroque music that she is particularly esteemed, working with some of the most exciting young period ensembles in London and beyond.
Thursday 26 October at 1.10pm
Rachel Ambrose Evans (soprano) and Joy Smith (baroque harp)
Monteverdi, Mazzocchi and Caccini
The English soprano, Rachel Ambrose Evans, read Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Since then, singing has taken over Rachel Ambrose Evans’ musical life and she now sings with various consorts and choirs in the UK and Europe, including The Tallis Scholars.
Joy studied harp, flute, piano and harpsichord at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from the age of eight. She went on to win a scholarship to the postgraduate harp course at Trinity College of Music, London, where she gained the United Kingdom Harp Association Prize.
Thursday 2 November at 1.10pm
The Lacock Scholars, directed by Greg Skidmore
Dolce pena – madrigals by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Marenzio
After graduating with First Class Honours in Music from Royal Holloway College, Greg Skidmore’s post-graduate Choral Scholarship at Wells Cathedral lead him to Lay Clerkships at Gloucester Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. He now lives in London and pursues a varied career as a consort, choral, and solo oratorio singer alongside his burgeoning work as a conductor and workshop leader.
Thursday 9 November at 1.10pm
Mark Bonney (tenor) and Toby Carr (lute)
Caccini, Dowland, Piccinini and Str
Anglo-American tenor Mark Bonney performs in the UK, United States and Europe. His repertoire includes Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions and Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah and Acis and Galatea, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Heinrich Schütz’ St. John Passion (Evangelist), Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge.
Guitarist and lutenist Toby Carr has developed a specialism in the performance of renaissance and baroque music, particularly that of seventeenth century England and Italy. This has led to work with groups and organisations such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Youth Opera and Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works.
Thursday 16 November at 1.10pm
Patrick Craig (countertenor) and Frances Kelly (baroque harp)
An Orpheus Legacy – Music to charm thee: Purcell, Cavalli, Croft and Handel
Patrick Craig is a countertenor, harpist, teacher, lecturer and conductor. He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral and has sung a thousand concerts around the world with the Tallis Scholars over the past twenty years. He is also a member of The Cardinall’s Musick who won the Gramophone Record of the Year award for their recording of William Byrd’s Infelix ego.
Frances was one of the first harpists to be drawn towards early music and the exploration of early harps, their repertoire and in particular, the use of the harp as a continuo instrument. She has worked with many distinguished ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the New London Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Brandenburg Consort.
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