Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Historical temperaments, Handel's Harpsichord Suites and Vauxhall Gardens: London Early Opera

Handel series - London Early Opera - Signum Classics
On Wednesday 8 July 2020, Bridget Cunningham of London Early Opera will be giving a live on-line recital from her own salon at home as part of the Living Room Live series. Cunningham will be performing Bach and Handel, including a taster from her forthcoming album Handel's Eight Great Harpsichord Suites. Cunningham will be playing her double manual Blanchet copy of a Rucker’s harpsichord built by Andrew Wooderson. Playing solo has meant that she has enjoyed experimenting with Neidhardts historical temperaments as usually the harpsichord has to be tuned to match the orchestral instruments. Living Room Live is on Facebook at 6pm on Wednesday.

During lockdown, London Early Opera have been focusing on editing music, researching and making new parts and scores for future recordings and concerts whilst members of its chamber ensemble and educational scheme, The Handelians have been sending out individual videos by emails to friends and supporters in need of hearing great music. The Handelians focus on the development and education of exceptional singers and musicians inspiring the future generations – one of Handel’s passions.

London Early Opera a UK registered charity are raising money to support their musicians with fees for performing both from home and also those giving live performances and are hoping to resume their concert series again in the East Cork Early Music Festival in Ireland in October with their Farinelli and Senesino programme. To support them, please look at their website www.londonearlyopera.org

On Saturday 11 July 2020, Bridget Cunningham will be discussing Handel and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in an illustrated on-line lecture for Richard Vendome's Saturday at Noon lecture series [Cunningham and London Early Opera recorded two discs of Handel in Vauxhall for Signum Classics, see my review]. Do get in touch with London Early Opera if you want to listen in at info@londonearlyopera.org as you will need a code to listen in by Zoom!

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