Monday 23 January 2023

Music from Spain and beyond is a theme as the London Festival of Baroque Music returns to St John's Smith Square

London Festival of Baroque Music

The London Festival of Baroque Music returns to St John's Smith Square from 12 to 20 May 2023 for seven days of Baroque music making with 12 concerts featuring a wide range of artists and styles, with an emphasis this year on the music of Spain

The festival opens with a weekend of music devoted to all things Spanish. The Spanish ensemble, La Grande Chapelle presents a programme of Spanish music from the 16th to 18th centuries performed in the round. Spain continues to be the focus for Concerto 1700's programme of chamber music written for 18th century Madrid, whilst the Spanish ensemble L'Apotheose performs music from the Spanish Royal Court from the years 1720 to 1750, mixing music from the Royal Chapel with that written for the theatre, whilst José Miguel Moreno will be giving a recital of music written for vihuela and Baroque guitar. Raquel Andueza and La Galania present a programme of secular Spanish music, alongside songs with texts in Spanish found in European collections. 

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, music director Franck-Emmanuel Comte, bring their programme mixing contemporary music with that of Purcell, Lully and Charpentier [see my recent interview with Franck-Emmanuel]. Chamber groups made up of musicians from the Southbank Sinfonia, coached by members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), will be presenting an evening of chamber music, whilst members of the OAE present their own chamber concert with music by Bach, Telemann and Handel. Steven Devine, the OAE's harpsichordist, will be giving a concert and a masterclass, whilst Dr John Scott Whitely give the organ at St John's a workout with music by Bach and his contemporaries.

Full details from St John's Smith Square's website.

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