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Salisbury Baroque – The Salisbury Music Festival of 1760

Sunday 03 July 2016 at 18:00


The Salisbury Music Festival of 1760

Salisbury has just enjoyed another successful International Arts Festival. Salisbury Baroque will be taking us back to the equally successful festivals held in the city during the 18th century when they perform in the Medieval Hall on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 6.00pm. Drawing on original letters and documents from the time the programme will feature music specially arranged and first performed here at the Salisbury Music Festival in 1760 and probably not heard in the city for over 200 years.

Nigel Wyatt, whose research has brought the music to light says, “The programme will feature attractive pieces by James Harris, of Malmesbury House in the Close, that were published in 1800 but despite their popularity at the time have not been performed since the 18th century.”

James Harris

James Harris

The programme will feature one of the most popular works of the baroque period, Pergolesi’s setting of the Stabat Mater, with soloists Leila Mather (soprano) and Joe Bolger (counter tenor) as well as music by Handel, James Harris and Boismortier. The concert will be directed by Theresa Caudle, a regular member of The Sixteen and well known for her work with fine ensembles including the English Concert, The English Baroque Soloists and the Parley of Instruments

Founded by David Morgan, Salisbury Baroque 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.  Playing usually without conductor and 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.

Tickets are available in advance from the Music Room, Catherine Street, Salisbury, and on the door.

 Further information

David Morgan                                                    01722 339788

Website, Salisbury Baroque                       http://www.salisburybaroque.org.uk/

Medieval Hall, Salisbury