Salisbury Baroque Concert – Purcell and his Contemporaries
Salisbury Baroque September 2012
Concert – Purcell and his Contemporaries
Director: Catherine Martin
Soloist: Katharine Hawnt (soprano)
Salisbury’s own period instrument ensemble, Salisbury Baroque, celebrates music of the famous 17th century English composer Purcell and his contemporaries in its next concert at St Thomas’s Church Salisbury, Sunday 23 September, at 3.30pm.
Featuring works by Purcell, Locke and Humfrey , this promises to be an afternoon of musical delights, set in one of Salisbury’s most beautiful and accessible churches.
Salisbury Baroque is delighted to welcome back Catherine Martin as its leader and director for this concert, and will be joined for this event by the young soprano Katharine Hawnt who has a growing reputation in early music circles.
Katherine Hawnt Catherine Martin
Catherine is a distinguished period instrument specialist and has worked as leader of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the orchestra of the Early Opera Company, The English Concert and Florilegium.
Katharine performs regularly throughout Europe with groups including Collegium Vocale Ghent, Musica Screta, and The Musical and Amicable Society, and directs her own group Le Basile which performs regularly in Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
Tickets are available in advance from Cross Keys Bookshop and on the door.
David Morgan 01722 339788
Website, Salisbury Baroque http://www.salisburybaroque.org.uk/
Baroque Music in Salisbury
Founded by David Morgan, the group was set up in 2010 to enable local players (and some colleagues from further afield) to share their passion for the music of Bach and Handel and their contemporaries with audiences in historic settings.
Using copies of instruments of the period and authentic playing style, the group brings to its audience a sense of intimacy and style difficult to achieve with larger forces and modern, heavier instruments.
Salisbury has a historic connection with key figures in the baroque musical world. James Harris (1709 – 1780, educated in Salisbury, inherited Malmesbury House in the Close) organised regular subscription concerts and music festivals in Salisbury for nearly 50 years. He introduced his friend and composer George Frederic Handel into Salisbury society, and Handel attended a concert at Malmesbury House, believed to be his first performance in England.