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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment -Baroquebusters:Wren Tercentenary Festival

Saturday April 22, 2023 at 19:30
St Stephen Walbrook, London
£22.50, £36.50; multiple booking discounts (2 concerts for £39.99/£64.99, 3 concerts for £59/£93)
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  1. Arrival of The Queen of Sheba, from 'Solomon' - George Frideric Handel
  2. Air in D for strings from 'Orchestral Suite No 3 in D' BWV 1068 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Prelude and Fugue No 1 in C major from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' BWV 846 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, 'Spring' RV 269, from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi
  5. Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' BWV 147 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  6. Entrée IV - Les sauvages, from Les Indes galantes - Jean-Philippe Rameau
  7. Prelude, from Suite No 1 for solo cello in G BWV 1007 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  8. Adagio, from Concerto for oboe and strings No 2 in D minor Op 9 No 2 - Tomaso Albinoni
  9. Canon, from Canon and Gigue in D - Johann Pachelbel
  10. Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV 1067 - Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Menuet
    • Badinerie
  11. Marche pour la Ceremonie des Turcs - Jean-Baptiste Lully

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and St Stephen Walbrook join forces to present a three-part festival of music commemorating the church’s architect, Sir Christopher Wren.

St Stephen Walbrook was the first church exclusively designed by Sir Christopher Wren of the 52 that were built by him following the Great Fire of London in 1666. Its design became the blueprint for the great dome of St Paul's Cathedral, completed three decades later. Key to the major restoration of the church completed in 1987 is Henry Moore's marble altar placed centrally under the Dome.

The festival offers a snapshot of musical life at the point of Wren’s death, three hundred years ago in 1723. This was the year of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the year Bach was appointed cantor in Leipzig; it was also a time of rebirth for London following outbreaks of bubonic plague and the Great Fire, with Henry Purcell at its forefront.

On Saturday 22 April the OAE presents one of their signature Baroquebusters concerts. From fellow Londoner Handel to Bach, Albinoni and Pachalbel, this engaging and interactive concert of much loved baroque favourites offers a snapshot of musical life at the end of Wren’s life, exploring why these works are still so popular today. There will be an opportunity for the audience to meet the players and learn about their historical instruments.

St Stephen Walbrook
39 Walbrook

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