Galliarda Renaissance and baroque music from Byrd to Handel

Regular Programmes

All our programmes include short readings from historical sources, both serious and funny!

Here are the programmes we are performing in 2013-14:

Britannia Triumphans
A panorama of joyful English vocal and instrumental music, ranging from the Elizabethan and Jacobean period through to the Georgian era. Featured composers include John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Campion, Henry Purcell, John Playford, George Frederick Handel and Thomas Arne.

Music from the Land of Don Quijote

The Iberian peninsula has a rich and distinctive musical heritage. This programme presents an intriguing panorama of both traditional and cultured music from the late 15th century up to 1800. In addition to traditional villancicos, romances and vigorous folk dances from Catalunya and Castille, courtly composers such as Juan del Encina, Juan Vasquez and composers for the guitar-like vihuela are well represented. These lead on to instrumental canzonas by 17th century organist-composers, and to songs drawn from lighter compositions of the18th century. As a further diversion, there are also songs by Purcell from the Restoration stage version of The Comical History of Don Quixote.

A Tale of Two Cities
London and Paris were dominant cultural centres in the 17th and 18th centuries, attracting musicians from all over Europe. Our programme features both native and foreign composers who contributed to the strikingly rich tapestry of music to be heard in the two cities.
In London, works by Nicolá Matteis, Handel and Carl Friedrich Abel could be enjoyed in the Pleasure Gardens, intermingled with songs by Purcell, Arne and Chilcott, while in Paris immigrés such as Corbetta and Gluck glittered alongside native musicians like Robert de Visée, Montéclair, Rameau and members of the Philidor dynasty. The music is illustrated with readings from diaries and other writings of the time.

Josep i Maria

A celebratory Christmas programme that takes its title from a Catalan Christmas carol. Traditional carols from different regions of Spain are strongly featured in the first part of the programme, together with folk dances and Christmas songs from France, Germany and England. The second part of the concert moves into the baroque era with festive works chosen from composers such as Handel, Telemann, Purcell, Arne and Rosenmüller.

We also offer the following programmes:

Pavans, Galliards and Lusty Lute Songs: music from the time of Shakespeare
Sung and played on lutes, viols and recorders, including songs and dances from the plays, with readings
to put them in context. Music by John Dowland, William Byrd, and Robert Johnson.

Dr Burney’s Journeys
A musical tour of Europe in the footsteps of the great 18th- century musician and historian Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814).
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À la mode de France
A concert of French music by Hotteterre, Marais, Boismortier, Gaultier and Corbetta performed on Baroque flute, theorbo, early guitar and bass viol, with witty and risqué readings!
3 performers

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This page last updated 22 January 2014