Fri24Mar20177:30 pmDuke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music NW1 5HT
London Handel Players
Academy Baroque Ensemble
Laurence Cummings director
Adrian Butterfield violin
Rachel Brown flute
Milly Forrest soprano
Mary Collins and Steven Player dancers
Handel’s music served London’s fashionable society and its tastes. Despite a German monarchy and an essentially Italian opera-loving British public there was still an insatiable appetite for French dance. Pierre Rameau’s 1725 dance manual, Le maître à danser, states proudly: ‘There is hardly a court in Europe where the dancing master is not French.’ King Louis XIV’s passion for dancing had inspired not only much of Europe to dance with him but also many of Europe’s composers to write exquisite dance music.
Academy Baroque Ensemble performs side-by-side with the London Handel Players in a collaboration with choreographer Mary Collins and her dancing partner Steven Player performing dances written for Louis the ‘Sun King’. We will see and hear the influence his court had on music across Europe in repertoire by Handel, Lully, Couperin, Rebel, Purcell and Corelli. Directed by Laurence Cummings, who is the Academy’s William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance.
Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office: online now, telephone 020 7873 7300 from Tuesday 3rd January
Fri07Apr20176:30 pmPillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street, Dublin
Mary Collins shares the wealth of her knowledge of the form during the period and the role which dance professionals played.
Sun09Apr20173:00 pmPillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street, Dublin
Tickets €7/€5 from www.riam.ie
The historic Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital is the elegant setting for a concert featuring popular music and dances from Georgian Dublin – The Dublin Gaities, a term used for all forms of entertainment in Dublin in the 18th Century. Baroque specialist Claire Duff (violin), David Adams (harpsichord) and dancers Mary Collins and Steve Player, lead Academy students in a delightful programme of instrumental music, song and dance by a selection of international composers, including Handel, Geminiani and Dubourg whose impact on Ireland’s musical legacy resonates to this day, in addition to works by Lully, Purcell and Campra.
Fri21Jul2017Sat29Jul2017Seeschloß, Gmunden, Austria
Theme 2017: Georg Philipp Telemann - Hamburg
The focus of this year's Academy is on Georg Philipp Telemann, whose 250th year of death we commemorate in 2017 and on the rich musical life of the city of Hamburg in the 17th and 18th century.
After employments in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach and Frankfurt, Telemann was appointed music director of the five Hamburg main churches and tKantor of the Johanneum in 1721, a year later to become the artistic director of the Hamburg Opera at the Gänsemarkt. He thus took over the leading function in one of the most important musical centers of his time.
Until his death in 1767, he lived in Hamburg, composed an immense oeuvre of vocal and instrumental music, and acquired an outstanding international reputation as a composer.
The Hanseatic City of Hamburg was a flourishing and rich cultural city in the 17th and 18th century, with a strong civic commitment. The Oper am Gänsemarkt, founded in 1678, was the first and most important bourgeois-urban theater in the German-speaking world, and church life was also richly endowed. Hamburg's musical significance in this epoch is represented by names as Georg Friedrich Händel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Reinhard Keiser Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Mattheson, Johann Wolfgang Franck, Christoph Graupner, and Johann Theile.