Thu 19May2022

Blackdowns Early Music Projects

All Saints' Church, Culmstock EX153JD

7.30pm - 9.30pm

£15 (students £8.00, u12 free with ticket), from or follow links from webpage.

Organiser: / 01884 849172

Newe Vialles will bring alive the viol music which may well have been heard in the salons of wealthy London dwellers in the early 18th century. Imagine the music collection of a viol player, living in London at the turn of the eighteenth century. Performed on two original bass viols built in 1675 and 1703 respectively, this programme explores the repertoire that might have been played by their first owners.

[su_spoiler title="Read more" icon="chevron"]The beautiful decorations on each viol point to people of artistic taste and sensibility, with money to spend - possibly educated on a European “grand tour”, or frequenters of London book and music dealers. What would they have played? Music by English viol players such as Christopher Simpson, Playford’s dance tunes, pieces by immigrant composers working in London… perhaps they even had a copy of Marais’ first book, or tried their hand at a Corelli sonata or two? The programme features music by Christopher Simpson, John Jenkins, Gottfried Finger, Johann Schenck, Marin Marais, and Arcangelo Corelli. We are pleased to welcome Caroline Ritchie back this year;her concert and recording career spans a broad spectrum of music, from the mid-15th to the 18th centuries and beyond. Henrik Persson has played many times for BEMP. He works with leading period instrument orchestras and is in constant demand as a chamber musician playing ‘cello and viols. Jamie Akers began playing rock, blues & jazz guitar before studying classical guitar. He started to accumulate plucked instruments and now explores, writes about and teaches the music of the 16th to 19th centuries, with occasional forays into contemporary music.[/su_spoiler]

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