John Garth 300: a celebration for one of England’s best-kept secrets
You may already love Baroque music, in which case definitely do not miss this concert with the excellent cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth. If you are not so sure, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more with this beautiful and exciting programme of music in Norwich.
Entitled ‘English with a dash of Italian’ it is a fiery cross of Italian baroque with earthy English folk music. Come and find out what that means at the concert this weekend. You can buy tickets on the door, or preferably beforehand online or by phone – see below.
Tel. 0333 666 3366 or on the door (cash, cheque, or card)
Saturday 25 June, 7pm
St Peter Mancroft
Hay Hill, Norwich NR2 1QQ
Tickets: £18/£17 (£2 under 18s)
There is a confession to make. The cellist in that picture is not actually our hero John Garth, but the Anglo-Italian cellist, James Cervetto (1748-1837), the son of the legendary Italian virtuoso cellist Giacobbe Cervetto (1680-1783), who is pictured here in the chair next to him. There is a secretive little smile on James’ face as he demonstrates a fancy new cello technique – as though his father is spluttering “how…how are you doing that?” and he is pretending not to hear the question.
It is hard to imagine Georgian cello playing without the captivating mystique of Italian virtuosi. At the same time, England’s own rich traditions of music and dance combined with the Italian dazzle in ways that made its art music unique. This programme combines both elements, with music by Antonio Vivaldi, John Playford, Richard Mudge, Charles Avison channeling Scarlatti, and of course Mr. Garth himself. Come and join us and enjoy the humour and fun of Georgian England with Italian seasoning!