Saturday 8th July
Venue: St. Teilo’s Church
Gala Opening Night
Eloise Irving – Soprano.
Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie – Soprano.
Ed Hastings – Tenor.
James Geidt – Bass.
Will Towers – Alto.
Instruments of the Armonico Consort.
Director – Christopher Monks
The Festival’s Gala opening night will feature two of the finest works of the baroque era.
The ‘Stabat Mater’ is one Pergolesi’s most celebrated works, achieving great popularity after the composer’s death. Jean-Jacques Rousseau showed appreciation of the work, praising the opening movement as “the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer”, thus demonstrating Baroque music at its finest. This provides a fitting partner to the excitement of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Dido & Aeneas has become a work at the heart of the British musical heritage. Henry Purcell shows himself to be a master of the baroque form. His ‘lamenti’ are unsurpassable, his tone painting and his dissonances bold and with “When I am laid in earth” he wrote one of the most beautiful arias of the whole baroque age.
In a highly emotionally charged and entertaining performance, the epic tragedy of a queen, a soldier and an illicit love is told through a rich array of music. Performed with minimal staging, the Armonico Consort’s beautifully tender and entertaining rendition of this incredible opera has delighted audiences across Europe, earning spectacular five-star reviews from the national press.
In partnership with Mike and Ella Clark.