Music ‘A la mode’: Entertainments for an English Gentleman

The eighteenth century saw a rapid rise in ‘genteel’ music-making in England, fuelled both by an easy availability of sheet music and a new fashion for amateur instrument playing. Popular arias from London’s opera houses and pleasure gardens were eagerly recreated in the domestic setting, whilst the larger country houses could play host to some of the famous musicians of the day. Our programme includes small-scale music by both native and ‘adopted’ English composers (including Arne, Handel and Geminiani), together with a helping of music in the highly fashionable Scottish folk style.

Various line-ups are available (duo to quintet) including optional soprano soloist

Programme depending, on line-up, typically includes:

TA Arne: Trio Sonata Op 3 No 2; Trio Sonata op 2 no4 ; Shakespeare Songs
GF Handel: The Harmonious Blacksmith
CF Weidemann: Sonata for flute and continuo
JC Pepusch: Trio Sonata flute and viola da gamba
CF Abel: Pieces for solo bass viol
F Geminiani: Songs and Variations from ‘A Treatise of Good Taste in The Art of Musick’
W Williams: Sonata in Imitation of Birds
H Purcell: Chaconne from Dioclesian

Arne: Under the Greenwood Tree