Passacaglia Ensemble

Annabel Knight – Recorders, baroque flute
Robin Bigwood – Harpsichord
Reiko Ichise – Viola da Gamba

with

Oliver Webber – Baroque violin
Louise Bradbury – Recorders
Taro Takeuchi – Baroque guitar
Chris Suckling – Baroque cello

Vivaldi Undercover

Vivaldi, as popular in the baroque period as now, was unashamedly imitated, borrowed-from and re-arranged by composers across Europe. In this invigorating and colourful programme, suitable for all kinds of audiences, Passacaglia explores Vivaldi’s music as it masquerades in various different guises… with quirky re-workings of the Four Seasons and other concerti by Nicolas Chedeville and JS Bach, an exploration of Vivaldi’s mysterious ‘opus 13’ and Passacaglia’s own boisterous interpretation of Vivaldi’s ‘La Follia’ Variations.

The Sun King’s Paradise

The magnificent court of the Bourbon Kings at Versailles formed the backdrop for some of the most beautiful and enigmatic music of the baroque period, where the soft, intimate sounds of the flute, viol and harpsichord were particularly beloved of the Sun King. More eclectic tastes prevailed under his successor, Louis XV, encouraged by the inimitable Madame de Pompadour. In this programme, experience the two sides of French baroque, from the dark and sensuous music of King’s inner chambers, to the country and courtly ‘fetes galantes’ beloved of the French aristocracy.

Quartet programme typically includes:

A Dornel: Sonate en Trio ‘La Triomphante’
F Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin
N Chedeville: Sonata from ‘Il Pastor Fido’
JP Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin en Concert

M Marais: Pièces de Violes

Passacaglia perform Dornel Trio Sonata

The Georgian Music Room

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 Sonatas; 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