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Peter Seymour features on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and Early Music Show

Posted on 18 July 2014

Peter Seymour appeared live twice on BBC Radio 3 in the last week. He was interviewed on ‘In Tune’ introducing some of the themes and music in this year’s York Early Music Festival and he performed on the National Centre for Early Music's 1820 fortepiano with baritone Matthew Brook on 'Early Music Show’. Matthew and Peter performed Lieder by Zelter and Loewe.

Peter also devised and accompanied (again on the 1820 Viennese fortepiano) a programme of early Lieder such as might have been performed at the Berlin Musikacademie in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Other performers included Department of Music alumni Catrin Woodruff and Nancy Cole, alongside Bethany Seymour, James Gilchrist and Matthew Brook.

The same soloists also featured in a rare performance of CPE Bach’s intensely moving passion cantata Die letzten Leiden des Erlösers. This cantata, very widely disseminated in the 18th century, remains unpublished and has been performed only twice previously in UK - in both cases in York and conducted by Peter Seymour - at the 1988 York Early Music Festival (Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists) and in 2004 in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall with University Chamber Choir and Northern Sinfonia.