31st August, 2021, 4pm
Performance at Utrecht Oude Muziek Fringe Festival
1-3rd September, 2021
Van Wassenaer Competition, Utrecht
6th September, 2021: Newbury Spring Festival
"The Pheasant's Eye"
17th September, 2021: 7.30pm, St Mary-le-Bow Church
"From Caledonia to the Capital"
Supported by a generous grant from the Continuo Foundation, Ensemble Hesperi presents a concert of charming chamber music and song by Scottish eighteenth-century composers, inspired by the soaring folk melodies and dance rhythms of Scotland itself. At the centre of the programme is the Fife-born Scottish composer James Oswald (1710-1769): join us on Oswald's artistic journey from Edinburgh to London, with vocal music from his rarely performed song collections, alongside delightful miniatures from his "Airs for the Seasons" and his Divertimenti for the English guitar. Other works include a string symphony by another Scottish composer, the eccentric aristocrat Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl of Kellie (nicknamed "Fiddler Tam"!) and vocal works by Oswald's contemporary in London, Handel.
Recorders: Mary-Jannet Leith
Baroque Violins: Magdalena Loth-Hill & David Lopez
Baroque Viola: Francesca Gilbert
Baroque Cello: Florence Petit
English Guitar: Elias Sibley
Harpsichord: Thomas Allery
With Angela Hicks, Soprano & Rory Carver, Tenor
For our online audiences, a second programme will be available on-demand in September 2021. More details tbc.
Made possible by a grant from the Continuo Foundation
19th September, 2021: Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden
"The Pheasant's Eye" with Kathleen Gilbert, Highland Dancer
12 November, 2021: English Music Festival: CD Launch
"Full of the Highland Humours"
13 November, 2021: 7.30pm: London International Festival of Early Music
“Battle of the Kings: Chamber Music from the Courts of Louis XIV and Charles II”
29th November, 2021: Temple Music Series
Join us for a concert celebrating the lives of musicians who lived and worked near the Temple Church in the 1700s. The programme will feature a set of jigs composed for each of the four Inns of Court and a sparkling trio sonata by Purcell, alongside some lesser known, but no less intriguing, Scottish composers.
16th January, 2022, 3pm
Lincoln University Concert Series
12th February, 2022: Music in New Radnor
3rd June, 2022: Bishops Auckland Musical Society
3rd December, 2022: Berkhamsted Music Society