Sunday, 8 April 2012

News from Powderham Castle: St Nicholas Consort - Baroque Recital Friday 18 May

The Trustees of the 1769 Organ Restoration Fund present
The St. Nicholas Consort
A Medley of Baroque Music
soprano, oboe, cello and keyboard
Music by 17th /18th century composers
familiar – Bach, Handel, Hummel and Purcell –
and less familiar – Croft, Stanley, Kerll, Babel, de Fesch, Vincent,
and Samuel Chapple
in the James Wyatt Music Room
Powderham Castle
on Friday May 18th at 7.30pm
In our on-going attempts to encourage the audience of the future, we’re offering 10 FREE tickets to ‘students’ – i.e. anyone in full-time education at school, college or university.  A further 10 student tickets will then be available at half-price.  All 20 tickets will be distributed on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis.  Otherwise, as usual:-

Tickets: (£14), from Powderham Castle, 01626 890243
with priority booking for ‘Friends’ from 11th – 20th April
We’re particularly pleased to welcome the St. Nicholas Consort.  It is directed by Dr. Christopher Kent who was the first person to recognise the importance of the 1769 Brice Seede organ in the Castle.  He examined it and wrote a learned article about many details of its history and construction in 1993. This in turn played a major part in inspiring the whole restoration project.
The Consort’s programme is delightfully diverse, part serious, part light-hearted (ideal, too, for giving younger listeners a wide variety of Baroque flavours): 
Songs by Purcell, Handel, Croft and Stanley
Cello music by Bach, Hummel and de Fesch
Oboe sonatas by Babel and Vincent and
Organ music by Bach, Kerll and Sweelinck.
The programme ends with ‘Yes and No’ by Samuel Chapple of Ashburton of whom a critic wrote about a century ago:  ‘Chapple published several collections of anthems, which are written in a style now happily extinct’.  We shall learn more on the night!

George Pratt – Kapellmeister

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