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Sons of England | Academy of Ancient Music

Saturday May 25, 2024 at 19:30
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
from £18.50 (£5 under 35s)
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  1. Lachrimae antiquae, from Lachrimae, or seaven teares - John Dowland
  2. Melancholy Galliard - John Dowland
  3. Britain, thou now art great, art great indeed!, from Welcome Song, 'Why, are all the muses mute?' Z343 - Henry Purcell
  4. Music for a while, from Oedipus Z 583 - Henry Purcell
  5. Fantasia for 3 violins and continuo on a ground in D minor Z 731 - Henry Purcell
  6. Here the deities approve from 'St Cecilia's Day Ode' Z 339 - Henry Purcell
  7. Strike the viol, from Come, ye sons of art, (Birthday ode for Mary II) Z 323 - Henry Purcell
  8. Trio Sonata in E minor Z 796 - Henry Purcell
  9. O solitude my sweetest choice Z 406 - Henry Purcell
  10. Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell - John Blow
  11. Concerto Grosso in D minor after Corelli's 'La Follia' No 12 Op 5 - Francesco Geminiani
  12. Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard - Thomas Augustine Arne
  13. Sonata in A minor for flute and continuo Op 3 No 4 - Jean Baptiste Loeillet
  14. Mi palpita il cor HWV 132b - George Frideric Handel
  15. Suite of Songs and Dances - Ignatius Sancho, arranged by Nico Canzano
  16. From Ignatius Sancho - Roderick Williams

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.

A free pre-concert talk will take place in the auditorium at 6.30pm before the Cambridge and London performances.

We would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council for their support of this performance.

West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road

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