FRENCH CONNECTION

1642, the English Civil War. King Charles II is in exile in France at the court of his first cousin, Louis XIV. There, he discovers the music of Versailles, which enthralls him such that it will follow him back to England in 1660. Many French musicians accompany him and make London their home, inspiring English composers fascinated by Jean-Baptiste Lully. There follows a period of remarkable renewal in English music, naturally inclined to integrate novel sounds, resulting in a myriad of exciting and engaging works influenced by the mixing of styles. They reflect the open-mindedness of this cosmopolitan court that welcomes the best artists from the continent.
 

Concert program

Robert Cambert (1628-1677) and Louis Grabu (1665-1694) Overture, excerpt from Pomone
Matthew Locke (1621-1677) Excerpt from Psyche
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) Excerpt from Psyché
Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666) Love’s constancy “No more shall meads”
Matthew Locke Suite from The Tempest
Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674) “Where the bee sucks”, excerpt from The Tempest
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Excerpts from The Tempest, King Arthur, The Fairy Queen

Guest Artist(s)

Franck-Emmanuel Comte

Franck-Emmanuel Comte

As artistic director of Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu since its creation, Franck-Emmanuel Comte has conducted the ensemble in more than 1,500 concerts and 20 recordings. A regular guest in European and world capitals and several international festivals…
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Heather Newhouse

Heather Newhouse

Canadian soprano, Heather Newhouse studied at the University of Western Ontario, Canada where she completed a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance…
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Concert

  • Friday, May 17, 2024 – 19:30
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024 – 16:00
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – 14:30