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OCTOBER Friday 20th October  7:30pm Bloomsbury Festival The Amadè Players Sweet Silence The Amadè Players, one of London’s leading period instrument ensembles, return to the Bloomsbury Festival to perform Handel’s rarely heard Nine German Arias. (Neun deutsche Arien, HWV202-210). Soprano Rebecca Ramsey is joined by and tenor Stuart Murray Mitchell, violinist George Clifford, cellist Josh Salter and harpsichordist Katarzyna Kowalik.  The performance includes a panel discussion on Handel’s life in London and the use of Brockes’ poetry, featuring Claire Davies (Curator of Handel & Hendrix in London) and Nick Newland (Director of The Amadè Players). As a special treat for our audience, George Clifford will be performing on an original violin of the period, by Henry Jay of Long Acre, London, with the permission of the University of Oxford and thanks to the Bate Collection. Founded in 2010, The Amadè Players approach concerts from both performance and research perspectives, offering audiences a historically informed sound. They feel the crucial word is informed, and do not seek to achieve the impossible in sound creation or assuming the composer’s intent, but rather hope to give an exciting performance based upon in-depth musicological research, combined with musicianship of the highest quality. “A total delight” Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ Tickets: £12 (£10)     ______________________________________________________________________ Saturday 28th October  7:30pm Renaissance Singers Directed by Gawain Glenton Martin Luther – Ein Neues Lied Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) believed music should be central to faith and that faith should be central to everyday life. The result was the promotion of a society in which music permeated all aspects of life. From humdrum daily rituals, to major landmarks and civic events: all were emphasised through music that was often communal. This concert brings together household hymns, love songs (some serious, some comic) dancing and drinking songs to give a flavour of the range of music in Luther’s time. Our exploration of Luther will also extend to the influence he had on later German composers, showing his influence on the work of Pachelbel, Christoph Bernhard, Schutz and in particular on J.S. Bach’s monumental 8 part “Der Geist Hilft”. Tickets available in advance: £12/ £10 (concessions) through: www.renaissancesingers.com  On the Door: £14/ £12 (concessions: Students, senior citizens, unemployed, etc.)        ______________________________________________________________________
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