The walls erected between folk and classical have grown tall over the years. But The Alehouse Sessions – brainchild of Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike – take us back to the time of Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth, when the two genres joyously co-habited in taverns. With theatres closed and church music banned, England’s pubs became filled with highly-trained musicians only too ready to perform in these less formal surroundings.

Acclaimed Norwegian Baroque ensemble Barokksolistene’s Alehouse Sessions transform St George’s into one of these so-called 17th century Musick-Houses, mixing up Purcell with sea shanties and Scandinavian folksongs in performances that are raw yet sophisticated, seductive and sparkling – accompanied by anecdotes, humour and – of course – beer!

As the slogan of Barokksolistene reminds us, ‘it’s just old pop music’ .

These sessions have already been hailed as ‘irresistible’ (The Times), ‘superb’ (The Scotsman) and ‘fabulously unrestrained… unlocking the joy of musicmaking’ (The Guardian).

Sunday 10 February
7.30pm

Barokksolistene’s The Alehouse Sessions

£20, £15, £5 Students (Limited Availability)

A £1 postage fee is charged where applicable

Recommended Age: 14+

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