Sounds from viols, harpsichords and lutes will heard in Wokingham Town Hall as the popular Baroque Music series of concerts returns for a new season later this month.
The instruments from yesteryear will be played by some of the finest early music performers in the UK and each concert will bring quality chamber music to the town.
Taking place on the last Wednesday of each month, the season starts on September 26 with a performance by Charles Medlam, who has an international reputation as a baroque cellist, conductor and gambist. He will be playing music by JS Bach and the English composer Charles Simpson.
Then, on October 31, The Larkin Quartet will perform music from the late 18th century.
Tenor Philip Salmon will be the guest on November 28, performing madrigals.
After a festive break, the season continues on February 27 with a visit from Ensemble Tramontana, who will perform early music using a variety of historic instruments, including viols, recorders, harps, percussion and voices.
Ashley Solomon, the Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music will performing music by JS Bach, CPE. Bach and GP Telemann on March 27.
Soprano Elizabeth Dobbin sings early music on April 24, while Lynda Sayce, principal litenist with the Kings Consort, will perform on May 29.
The season ends with a visit by baroque trumpeters Gareth Hoddinott and Laura Garwin on June 26. Their focus will be on 16th and 17th century master composers from southern Europe.
The season has been curated by Richard Smith, an organist and harpsichordist. He will also be the principal accompanist for the sessions.
“We are delighted to be bringing some of the UK’s finest early music performers to Wokingham for the September 2012 – June 2013 season,” he said.
Concerts last around an hour, with no interval. Tickets cost £12.50; a season ticket is £72. These can be bought from Wokingham Library, or from www.liturgicalmusic.co.uk.
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