A host of composers to intrigue the imagination: Merula, Smeltzer, Hotteterre, Handel, Telemann, Mancini, Vivaldi, Barrière, Corelli and Biber.
Over the years and across the nations virtuosity has had many different incarnations and its nature has been bitterly disputed. This programme contains music written both by and for just a few of the great virtuosic players of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and demonstrates the different styles of virtuosity admired by their audiences.
Mechanical instruments give us a unique insight into the repertoire and style of playing popular in eighteenth-century England. Instruments such as barrel organs and organ clocks survive, which perform perfectly and provide us essentially with a 'recording' of how this music was heard at the time they were made.
Often this can be a challenge to our received idea of how music should sound but it is hugely exciting to know that we are hearing something heard and approved by even Handel himself!
This concert showcases music found in mechanical sources by GF Handel, Arne, Shield &
popular folk songs and dances performed by the always exuberant and highly accomplished
period performers of The Musicians of London Wall.
From the Ceilidh to the Concert Hall... and Beyond
This programme explores the relationship between folk music traditions and the art music of Europe: a subject which has gained currency in recent years due to the British folk revival and the increasing attention given to traditional music by early music practitioners. This recital is intended as an introduction to the links that can be made between these musics, and the ways in which one tradition can inform another. We ask questions with various possible answers depending on who, when, and where you are, such as ‘what is a hornpipe?’; questions like this keep the Musicians of London Wall awake at night.