Promoting the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800
Author: Barbara Dunn
Barbara trained as a teacher and worked for most of her career in Primary Education, eventually serving as a headteacher in Reading and then in Worcester, before taking early retirement.
She has been involved with Worcestershire Early Music from its beginning, delivering workshops and organising concerts and the Pride and Prejudice Ball. Barbara is an enthusiastic amateur musician, playing regularly in many different formal and informal gatherings. She performs with the Gloucester Waits on flutes and recorders
Ensemble Moliere performed two wonderful concerts on September 18th in St Martin’s Church, London Road.
In the afternoon these five talented players, who have recently been nominated as BBC’s New Generation Baroque Artists, performed to a young audience at the concert which offered free entry to families.
The members of the group each described their instruments, interspersing the descriptions with items from their programme of French Baroque Music.
Th evening concert entitled Dance Sweets consisted of works from the French Baroque period by Rameau, Couperin and Lully.
Worcestershire Early Music wishes them all the best for their two years ahead as BBC’s Young Generation Baroque Artists
Our next concert will be on Saturday September 18th 2021 to be given by Ensemble Moliere in St Martin’s Church, London Road, Worcester, WR5 2ED
Ensemble Moliere features Alice Earll (violin), Flavia Hirte (flute),Catriona McDermid (bassoon), Kate Conway (viola da gamba/cello) and Satoko Doi Luck (harpsichord). They will be playing a programme of music from 18th Century France by Lully, Rameau and Couperin entitled Dance Sweets. They have performed throughout the UK and Europe to much acclaim: Albert Edelman of Concertgebouw Brugge writes of their performance…”having heard the stylish Ensemble Moliere a couple of times…one thing that struck me in particular is their consistent quality. Their devotion to the playful and by all means extremely demanding French repertoire I found quite rare indeed”
You can find more about them on their website; (www.ensemblemoliere.com) meanwhile put the date in your diary so you don’t miss this opportunity to hear a wonderful programme of French Baroque music.
There will be two performances on Saturday18th September; firstly at 3.30pm a short concert for families with young children. There will be no charge for this event and all aged children will be welcome; places are limited so please book a ticket (available from firstname.lastname@example.org) Tickets for the evening performance at 7.30 are £15 on the door (card machine available) or via Eventbrite(booking fee applies).
If you haven’t had a minute to look at the online concert it will be available until 21st July.
Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite;
There are two parts to the concert; one of English Songs and one of Italian. It’s great to see that many people have already enjoyed watching both parts, and I know our sponsors will be interested to hear how many people have engaged and benefitted from our work.
click on links in previous post, below to access both parts.
If you were unable to attend our concert given by Elizabeth Kenny and Charles Daniels, there is an opportunity to see the full concert between 21st June (Making Music day) and 21st July.
We were able to employ the services of a professional videographer who filmed the concert, and has made two videos which can be viewed on YouTube for a limited time.
Part 1 (available from midnight, Monday 21st June) Works by John Dowland, Anthony Holborne, Samuel Akeroyde, John Blow and Henry Purcell.
Part 2 (available 12 noon, Monday 21st June) Works by Giulio Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Piccinini, Sigismondo d’India and Giacomo Carissimi.
Although the videos are free, we would very much appreciate your help in trying to offset the losses incurred during the past year; it goes without saying we had spent some considerable amount on publicity for these concerts which was was lost when they were cancelled, and the reduced capacity which social distancing demands now, necessarily means a reduced revenue. Please help us to continue our work in bringing Early Music to Worcestershire by making a donation.
Please also tell your friends about our online concerts to help spread the word and help us to continue to bring professional live performances to Worcester in the future.