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Previous Concerts

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Winter Lullabies

held on 23 February

at the Old Church, Stoke Newington

Rachel Godsill - soprano
Rachel Stott - viola d'amore

 

An early winter concert for little ones, their parents, grandparents, and carers, with music to appeal to all in an informal setting. Programme included lullabies by Thomas Tallis and Anthony Holborne, cradle songs from around the world, and Forest Dreams, inspired by Michael Rosen's new book, The Big Dreaming.

More about our Early Music for Early Years concerts.

Full of the Highland Humours

held on 21 January to a sold-out audience

at the Old Church, Stoke Newington

 

Ensemble Hesperi


In anticipation of Burns Night on the 25th, a programme of spirited music to dispel the winter gloom .

A joint promotion with Sutton House Music Society.

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The Pear Tree on the Top of the Mountain

held on 23 November 2023 to a sold-out audience

at the Old Church, Stoke Newington

 

The Consone Quartet

Aria Prasad, recorded audio

 

Festival favourites, the Consone Quartet, returned with a programme of string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven. The presentation of this concert was be a little unusual, the music being framed by a creative adaptation of Virginia Woolf's short story "The String Quartet," recorded by Aria Prasad.
 

  • Beethoven's string quartet in F major Op. 59, No.1

  • Mozart's quartet in G major, K. 156

Les Violoncelles Réunis

held on 8 October 2023 to a sold-out audience.
at the Old Church, Stoke Newington
 

Henrik Persson and Kinga Gáborjáni (baroque cellos) with harpsichordist Steven Devine perform French baroque music.

  • Jean-Baptiste Barriere (1707-1747)
    Sonata no 1 in A minor for cello and continue, from Book II
     

  • Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702-1774)
    Sonata no 5 in D major for cello and continuo
     

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755)
    Sonata in D minor for two bass instruments
     

  • Jean-Baptiste Barriere (1707-1747)
    Sonata no 3 in E minor for cello and continuo from Book II
     

  • Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
    Treizieme Concert Royaux for two bass instruments
     

  • Michel Corrette (1709-1795)
    Sonata no 4 in B flat mjor from Les Delices de la Solitude

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Spring Lullabies

held on 22 March 2023
at the Old Church, Stoke Newington

 

THE TELLING - Clare Norburn, singer, and Jean Kelly, harpist, performed medieval and traditional lullabies from a range of cultures. The morning concert was for babies, pre-school children, their parents, grandparents and carers.

Clare and Jean delighted their audience at our 2022 festival, and this spring concert had a hugely appreciative audience, young and old.

Part of our Early Music for Early Years

A LOVING HEART BY MOONLIGHT

held on 17 February 2023

at the Old Church, Stoke Newington

 

Jonathan Brown, baritone

Steven Devine, fortepiano

 

Jonathan Brown, baritone, and Steven Devine, fortepiano, gave a superb recital of late 18th and early 19th century music to a packed audience. As a gesture to St Valentine, the programme featured Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved) and the famous Moonlight Sonata, alongside songs about love by Haydn and Montgeroult and solo piano works by Mozart. Steven gave wonderfully insightful introductions to the solo piano works and stunned the audience with his virtuosity on a Viennese model fortepiano, reading the music from his iPad. (Both devices require pedals!)

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CONCERT FOR UKRAINE


held on 21 April 2022

at St Augustine's Church, Highbury

 

Our SPRING EXTRA! concert for Ukraine raised £1,927 for the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. This concert was generously supported by Michael Naik Estate Agents, who covered the venue hire, as well as making a significant donation. Publicity was kindly covered by RUDE Design.

 

The musicians who gave their time and talents to this event were: Emma Murphy, recorders; Zoe Shevlin, bassoon; Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin; Annette Isserlis, viola; Rachel Stott, viola d'amore; Ibrahim Aziz, viola da gamba, and Paula Chateauneuf, theorbo.

 

The programme included works by J S Bach, Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Biagio Marini, and arrangements of Ukrainian traditional songs by Annette Isserlis and Rachel Stott.

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