|Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre|
Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan make a rare visit to the UK with a programme of cantatas and concertos by JS Bach (15 May 2015). Soprano Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore perform music inspired by the 18th century French soprano Marie Fel (16 May 2015). Soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave directed by Jean Marc Aymes feature music by 17th century women composers (16 May 2015). French harpsichordist Beatrice Martin with the Bach Players directed by Nicolette Moonen play music by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (17 May 2015). Kati Debretzeni directs the Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in music which Vivaldi wrote for the Pieta, introducing us to the distinctive sound-world of the all women choir (and yes the choir does include female tenors & basses) (17 May 2015). The final concert is the choir of Westminster Abbey and St James's Baroque, directed by James O'Donnell in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 (19 May 2015).
Further information from the festival website.