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York Early Music Festival, July 2012

Posted on 30 July 2012

Department ensembles have featured throughout this year's York Early Music Festival.

The University Baroque Ensemble

University Chamber Choir appeared in two concerts in York Early Music Festival, both the guest conductors. The first was with the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir, a choir of Bolivian singers formed by Ashley Solomon, director of Florilegium and Head of Early Music at the Royal College of Music, London, and who conducted the concert in a programme of newly edited choral and polychoral music from Jesuit missions in South America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In the second programme singers from the choir appeared with I Fagiolini, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The City Musick, Fretwork and Rose Consort of Viols conducted by Robert Hollingworth who takes up his position as Anniversary Reader in the Department of Music in October. The programme included Striggio's 40-part motet and mass Ecce beatam lucem, Tallis's Spem in alium and Gabrieli's 20/28-part Magnificat.

University Baroque Ensemble also continued its association with the Festival in a programme entitled 'A London Marathon' with music from eighteenth century Pleasure Gardens. Composers represented included Boyce, Handel, Purcell, JC Bach and Arne.

Ensemble-in-residence Compagni d' Istrumenti

Department Ensemble-in-Residence Compagnia d'Istrumenti performed a programme of music by Schmelzer, Muffat, Couperin, Telemann and Rebel entitled 'An Olympic Truce' in York Unitarian Chapel.

Professor Peter Seymour appeared in various concerts including a programme of Lieder set to mythological texts with soprano Mhairi Lawson (who appears in the University Concert Series next March) and bass Matthew Brook at Harewood House. He also edited and directed a performance of L'Olimpiade with music by Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Caldara and Jommelli. Two of the vocal soloists were York alumni - Catrin Woodruff (soprano) and Joshua Ellicott (tenor). The orchestra was Yorkshire Baroque Soloists which also included York alumni - on this occasion fourteen of twenty-four performers.