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Fairest Isle: Music from 17th and 18th Century England

After the success of their online winter season, the young freelance musicians of Eboracum Baroque return with another online concert recorded back in 2020. Watch on YouTube and Facebook.

They present a lively programme of 17th and 18th century English music featuring famous songs from Henry Purcell’s stage works and virtuosic italian concertos that took London by storm in the 1700s. Sit back, relax and enjoy this varied and energetic programme from the comfort of your own home.

Purcell’s stage works of the 1690s were huge spectacles with elaborate Italian stagecraft. This concert features music from ‘The Fairy Queen’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the patriotic ‘King Arthur’ which became one of his biggest hits.

Music and musicians from Europe flooded London at this time and Italianate music was very much in vogue. We feature a virtuosic recorder concerto by Sammartini and a sonata by Vivaldi alongside other British composers including John Blow and an overture featuring the trumpet by William Croft.

Soprano Elen Lloyd Roberts
Recorder Miriam Monaghan
Trumpet Chris Parsons
Cello Miri Nohl
Harpsichord Laurence Lyndon Jones

In these challenging times we are extremely grateful for your support. Please do consider making a small donation at the end of this concert, around £10-£15, something you would usually pay to watch a concert in person. This money goes directly to supporting the young freelance musicians you will hear today as well as helping to secure the future of Eboracum Baroque. In order to continue striving to further develop our work we require your support to make this happen. You can make a donation via the following link:


Saturday 23rd January 2021
19.00 - 20.30