Join Philomel for an evening of 17th century passion and intimacy. ‘Folle Cor’ will present duets and trios from the courts of Northern Italy, by composers including Mazzocchi, Strozzi, Monteverdi, Luzzaschi and Casulana, on the themes of love and obsession. In Philomel’s first programme of purely historical repertoire, sopranos Janet Oates, Suzy Robinson and Charlotte Bröker will be accompanied by Michael Keen and Arngeir Hauksson in the enchanting candle-lit venue of the Barn Church, Kew (http://barnchurchkew.uk/).
The six sopranos of Philomel will be performing their Cecilia Sings concert on Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm, at St George the Martyr, Southwark. It will be a repeat of the eclectic programme performed at the Swiss Church, Covent Garden, last autumn.
With music by early 17th century composers such as Barbara Strozzi, Maddalena Casulana and Domenico Mazzocchi, alongside specially commissioned works by Dominic McGonigal, Sheena Phillips, Joel Järventausta and Janet Oates, this promises to be an unforgettable evening of sublime music.
The virtuosic vocal fireworks of the six sopranos of Philomel were displayed once again in a programme celebrating music from Hildegard of Bingen and Barbara Strozzi, all the way through to the present day and four specially-commissioned works on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March 2018.
With Michael Keen (harpsichord) and James Bramley (theorbo)
Colombella, che di latte, Domenico Mazzocchi (Suzy Robinson, Charlotte Moss, James Bramley theorbo, Michael Keen harpsichord)
The inaugural concert of Philomel, a new group of six sopranos, in an eclectic programme which included four new pieces (by Janet Oates, Dominic McGonigal, Emily Peasgood and Miriam Mackie) as well as 17th century duets, trios and solos accompanied by theorbo and harpsichord was rapturously received by a delighted audience in the Brunel Shaft on 2 November.
The nightingales hope to repeat the programme in 2018.