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Salisbury Baroque – A Musical Journey

Sunday 21 September 2014 at 15:30

Concert –   A Musical JourneyCathy

Director/Violin Soloist: Catherine Martin

Tenor Soloist: Michael Solomon WilliamsSolomon_Williams

Salisbury Baroque offers a varied programme in its next concert at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury, Sunday 21st September, at 3.30pm, with a complete performance of Vivaldi’s ever popular Four Seasons and songs by Byrd, Handel and Cavalli.

Set in one of Salisbury’s most beautiful and accessible churches, this will be a rare opportunity to hear two rising stars of the international early music scene in concert with Salisbury’s own period instrument ensemble which is developing a reputation of its own for stylish and engaging performance.

We are delighted to welcome back Catherine Martin as Director and Violin Soloist.  As well as leading the Gabrieli Consort and Players for the last 10 years, she also leads the orchestra of the Early Opera Company, and has appeared as guest leader of The English Concert and Florilegium.  In demand as both soloist and director, Catherine has recently directed concerts with Barokkanerne, Oslo and the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra and has been a member of the Salomon String Quartet since 2003, exploring music of the Classical period from Haydn to Mendelssohn.  Catherine appears on many recordings including for Deutsche Grammophon and Winged Lion with The Gabrieli Consort and Players, EMI with Ensemble Galant, and Chandos with I Fagiolini.

Michael Solomon Williams trained in the UK and America, and is an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists programme at Aldeborough.  He sings frequently with groups such as The Academy of Ancient Music, London Voices, and leading European ensembles including Le Concert d’Astree, Les Elements, Stradivaria, Ensemble Matheus and Le Cercle d’Harmonie.  Equally at home in the opera house and on recital or concert stage, he has also appeared on soundtracks for several major Hollywood releases and records regularly at Abbey Road Studios.

Tickets are available in advance from the Music Room (5 Catherine Street, Salisbury, Tel: 01722 328181)and on the door.


Further information

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.

David Morgan

Chair and Hon. Treasurer – Salisbury Baroque

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