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Academy of Ancient Music


Academy of Ancient Music


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Recommended age: 14+

Countertenor Reginald Mobley and the Academy of Ancient Music explore a different vision of the English baroque: in which the music of Purcell, Handel and Ignatius Sancho redefined the culture of a nation.

Baroque England was a nation turned inside out: a fledgling democracy that could also be profoundly unjust, a culture convinced of its own uniqueness but which welcomed genius from all lands. Tonight, Academy of Ancient Music explores an era that’s never felt more current.

So, the music of the London-born Purcell sits alongside masterpieces by Handel – a German who became English by choice – and Ignatius Sancho, who was born into slavery but found freedom and musical success in Georgian England. Curated by American countertenor Reginald Mobley, Sons of England weaves music and words to explore alternative histories of the English baroque, culminating in a Sancho-inspired new commission by composer Roderick Williams: musical history shaping a shared future.

John Dowland
Lachrimæ Antiquae from Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
Melancholy Galliard

Henry Purcell
Britain, thou art now great from Why, why are all the Muses mute?
Music for a while from Oedipus
Keyboard Ground in D minor
Here the deities approve from Welcome to all the pleasures
Strike the viol from Come, Ye Sons of Art
Trio Sonata in E minor
O solitude, my sweetest choice

John Blow
So ceased the rival crew from An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell
We beg not hell, our Orpheus to restore from An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell
We beg not the power of harmony from An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell

Attrib. Cesare Morelli, Samuel Pepys
Beauty retire
Ah! How pleasant ’tis to love
Go, perjured man! And if thou e’er return
Beauty, thou scene of love

Francesco Geminiani
Concerto Grosso in D minor, La Follia after Corelli Op 5 No 12

Thomas Arne
Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard

Jean Baptiste Loeillet
Sonata in A minor for Flute and Continuo, Op 3 No 4

George Frideric Handel
Keyboard Sonata
Mi palpita il cor

Charles Ignatius Sancho (arr. Nico Canzano)
Suite of Songs and Dances

Roderick Williams
A New Work (premiere)

Academy of Ancient Music Conductor

Pre-event Food & Drink

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