An Evening of Glorious Music in Northleach
Church of St Peter & St Paul
Saturday 22nd June 2019
This year we will feature the virtuoso harpsichordist Steven Devine who will take us on a tour of European Baroque.
Steven will be joined by his group The Devine Music comprising some of the finest musicians from Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music and others for an evening of Boyce, Bach, Handel to name a few.
It promises to be a very exciting evening as well because The Devine Music will be joined by the Northleach Choir who will be singing cantatas by Bach and Mozart.
As we did last year, for those who wish to join, we are arranging a dinner that evening following the concert at The Wheatsheaf.
The Cotswolds is a most remarkable area, and beautiful both in its landscape and quiet, understated architecture. The distinctive creamy ochre stone is in perfect harmony with the undulating hills and valleys. And we seek to turn this harmony into musical concord with our small, but growing festival of music in the magnificent church of St Peter & St Paul in the market town of Northleach.
In previous years we have enjoyed some incredible performances. Dame Emma Kirkby gave a memorable concert which was applauded both as an artistic and critical success. In 2018, we had a magical program of chorale music by Stile Antico, an evening master class on the violin with Rachel Podger and a brilliant Sunday performance by Fretwork.
At this year's Festival, we look forward to a programme that is essentially a “Tour of European Baroque”, including a mix of wonderful pieces from composers in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Austria.
We will begin with William Boyce's wonderful Symphony No. 1 in Three Movements.
We will then go to a slightly earlier composition by Vivaldi, the 'Concerto alla Rustica'.
Then our group is very pleased to be joining with the Northleach Choir to sing Cantata 147 from Bach, 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'.
We will end the first part of our concert with Orchestral Suite Number 2 in B minor by Bach, which gives an opportunity for the entire orchestra to flex.
After the interval, we will have three pieces:
The first is the wonderful Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 1 by Corelli.
This will then be followed by the sonorous Mozart composition of 'Laudate Dominum' sung by the Northleach Choir.
We will conclude with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, which will give me an opportunity to have some fun with the harpsichord.
We very much look forward to this “Tour of European Baroque” at the Cotswold Festival, a festival that I hold dearly, since I was able to play the harpsichord at the first concert in 2017, when I accompanied Dame Emma Kirkby.
Here's to a wonderful evening!
As we did last year, we are arranging a dinner following the concert at The Wheatsheaf in Northleach. The Wheatsheaf, a member of the Lucky Onion Group, will be putting on a great dinner to cap off the evening. And, if you’re inclined, please give The Wheatsheaf a call to make your booking now for just £25 a head.
Call The Wheatsheaf on: 01451 860244