Love:Handel Festival this weekend 4-6 October 2019

with the Brook Street Band

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Friday 4 October at The Chapel
2-5pm Vocal Masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby : £5
7.30-9.30pm Concert and Talk : Friends, Foes and Fellow-Musicians : The Chapel : £15

Saturday 5 October at The Chapel & Princes Street URC
10.30-11.30am Family-friendly Concert  : The Chapel : Free
1-2pm Concert : From Leipzig to London : The Chapel :  £15
2.30-3.45pm Interactive Talk by Benjamin Hebbert :   Every Instrument Tells a Story : The Chapel : £5
7.30-9.30pm Concert : The Concerto Story : Princes St : £20

Sunday 6 October at The Chapel & Princes Street URC
10.30-11.30pm Coffee Concert : Kaffeehaus Culture :
The Chapel : £15 inc coffee
12.45-2pm Illustrated Concert : Halle, Hanover & Hamburg The Chapel : £15
4.30-5.30pm Talk Dr David Vickers : Handel & His Patrons Princes Street URC : £5
6-8pm Festival Finale Concert : Handel’s Acis and Galatea : Princes Street URC : £20

Venues: The Chapel 64 Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF
United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich NR3 1AZ

For a full festival programme, passes and booking details, see http://www.brookstreetband.co.uk/love-handel-2019

The Brook Street Band (formed in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo) is named after the London street where Handel lived and worked. It is now recognised amongst the UK’s leading period instrument ensembles, winning awards, and accolades for recordings and broadcasts from Radio 3, Classic FM and Gramophone Magazine. The Band’s most recent CD ‘Handel Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo’ was shortlisted in the category for chamber music/small ensemble at the Grammy Awards. The Brook Street Band relishes its Norfolk connections, with frequent concerts and education projects in the region.  The Band founded the highly successful biennial festival love: Handel, which combines concerts with an education programme for young people.

Handel Birthday Concert : Brooke Street Band 22 February 2019

The Brook Street Band’s Handel birthday concert, takes place at 7pm on Friday 22 February at Fishmongers’ Recital Hall, Gresham’s School. There’s a booking link here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/602395

Handel’s Italian sojourn from 1707-1710 not only shaped his musical style and interests, but introduced him to one of the sopranos that was to play an important and recurring role in his music. Handel first met Margherita Durastanti when in Rome in 1707, with Durastanti performing both Armida Abandonata and O Qualis de Coelo Sonus.Their paths later crossed in London from 1720: Durastanti sung Handel’s Crudel Tiranno amor at a benefit concert in her honour, and she had roles in many successful Handel operas in the early 1720s. There seems to have been a ten year break in the working partnership, but Durastanti worked for Handel again in 1734.

Handel and Margherita Durastanti – a musical marriage” explores these early Handel works for Durastanti, both sacred and secular, contrasting these with later London works in the operatic field. Interspersed are trio sonatas, including one of Handel’s earliest, a teenaged composition dating from 1699, and one of his more mature works, composed in London in the 1730s at the height of his operatic success.

The Brook Street Band
‘Vital and vivacious’ The Guardian
‘Masterly performances’ Gramophone Magazine

Nicki Kennedy (soprano)
Rachel Harris and Karin Björk (baroque violins)
Tatty Theo (baroque cello)
Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)

O Qualis de coelo sonus HWV239
Trio Sonata Op.2 No. 2 (g minor)
Armida Abbandonata HWV105
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Cara Speme (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV17)
Trio Sonata Op.5 No.4 (G Major)
Crudel Tiranno Amor HWV97