Wednesday 22nd June, 7.30pm

St Michael & All Angels’ Church, Lower Machen

‘A European Union’

Music for a Mixed Taste

Brexit? Still haven’t made up your mind? On the eve of the referendum join us for a journey of discovery of European composers from Purcell to Telemann while you consider the options.

  • Henry Purcell – Trumpet Overture from The Indian Queen
  • Nicola Mateis the Younger – Balletti for strings and continuo
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto III for strings & continuo in D, RV 124, Op.12
  • Johann Sebastien Bach – Trio III for violin, viola & continuo in D, BWV 527
  • Johann Sebastien Bach? (Wilhelm Friedemann Bach?) – Overture for strings & continuo in G, BWV 1070
  • Jean-Marie Leclair – Sonata II for 2 violins & continuo in B flat, Op.4
  • Georg Phillip Telemann – Concerto for trumpet, strings & continuo in D, TWV 51:D7

This programme presents music by Bach, alongside works by Vivaldi (whose concertos so influenced the younger Bach), Telemann, (friend of Bach) and Purcell, the last of a great line of English composers, and whose style the Anglo-Italian composer Matteis revived for the Imperial Court ballets in Vienna. Also included in the programme is a wonderful concerto by Torelli for trumpet and strings, written to be performed in what was once the largest church in Christendom, the Basilica of S. Petronio, Bologna.

La Serenissima has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries. Since its first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications including Gramophone Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, The Independent and The Strad for its performances. Their recording Venice by Night – made the Top 10 of the UK Classical Charts in 2012.

Tickets £16 (£13 early bird advance booking)