Monday 14 March 2022

Back in the Orchard: Eboracum Baroque celebrate Baroque pastoral pleasures in Grantchester

Eboracum Baroque in the Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester
Eboracum Baroque in the Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester

The young musicians of Eboracum Baroque started performing at the Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester in Summer 2020 out of necessity, it was out of doors at a time when performances indoors were not possible. It also happens to be a delightful location, and since 2020 Eboracum Baroque, artistic director Chris Parsons, have been returning to the gardens with performances including Handel's Acis and Galatea and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. 

This year the ensemble is returning for a weekend of events from 9 to 11 June 2022. The first concert recreates the sort of event Bach would have presided over at the Summer concerts in the garden of Cafe Zimmermann in Leipzig with Bach's Coffee Cantata (one of the works in which the great genius showed that he did have a sense of humour) along with instrumental music by Telemann, Bach and Vivaldi. The second concert features Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi including operatic arias, concertos and instrumental suites, then finally they will be performing a concert version of Purcell's King Arthur, his semi-opera based on the play by Dryden, with just nine singers acting as both the soloists and chorus (accompanied by an orchestra of strings, oboes, recorders and trumpet) embodying characters from evil magicians, soldiers, amorous shepherds, drunken peasants and mythical beings.

Full details from the Eboracum Baroque website.

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