Tamesis Issue 249 May 2015



Victoria Helby

Chairman’s Chat

Circumstances have prevented us from holding our annual joint event with EEMF on the 16th of May at either Waltham Abbey or St Sepulchre's Church so it will be in Cambridge. Given that it is to include Spem in Alium and is directed as usual by Philip Thorby, I do not expect the location to have too adverse an effect.

Our following event, music by Franco-Flemish composers with Ghislaine Morgan, is full as far as sopranos are concerned but there is room for more lower voices. I know that Ghislaine is an excellent voice coach so I hope to pick up some useful tips.

There is still time to book for events at the Oxford Early Music Festival http://oemf.co.uk and in particular I am looking forward to the afternoon of singing from facsimile on May 16th with Sally Dunkley.

David Fletcher

Early Music Review


Instrument Making Courses

I’ve just discovered the existence of instrument making and maintenance courses in the Cambridge area. Has anybody been on one? You can make natural trumpets, baroque oboes and reeds, recorders and flutes as well as modern instruments. For more info see www.cambridgewoodwindmakers.org. Now what I really need is a curtal reed making course.


Said a Breakfast Show host, bright and breezy,
I’ll announce early music that’s easy.
With remarkable phlegm
He pronounced Ockeghem
But Purcell where’s the stress?!!* - left him queasy.

Marna Gowan

(reprinted from the BMEMF newsletter with permission)

Opportunities to make music

Isleworth Baroque’s new production in December will be Handel’s Semele. For more information about taking part contact louise_varma*yahoo.co.uk or look at www.isleworthbaroque.co.uk.

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SEMF needs more people for their tutored loud wind day on 16th May in Maidstone so that they don’t have to cancel it. Details are in the events list and at https://sites.google.com/site/southernearlymusicforum/events/forthcoming-events. If interested please email Tim Samuelson as soon as possible

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The enrolment for the Summer Term of the London Community Baroque Orchestra is now open. The sessions start on May 16, and they will be working on excerpts and scenes from Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. Rehearsals are at the Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury, on the following dates: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 20, 27, July 4, 11. The end of term concert will be on 12 July at 3.00pm.

The orchestra provides training in historical performance practice to its members (including regular rehearsals, coaching, workshops, and lectures on various relevant topics) and presents high-level musical performances. The LCBO membership is open to amateur adult musicians Grade 5 and above, students, and young professionals pending a brief audition. You can see further details at:

To join, or if you have any questions, please contact Zak Ozmo at

15-22 August 2015
Irish Recorder and Viol Course
An Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland

Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott,

Philip Thorby

A course designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, technique classes, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.

Further information from:
Mrs. Patricia Flanagan, 110 Kincora Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland

Tel: 00 353 85 2880389
info*irishrecorderandviolcourse.org www.irishrecorderandviolcourse.org

Concerts in Northamptonshire

I’ve received a brochure of concerts by Fiori Musicali at various venues around Northamptonshire. There are far too many to put in the Concerts list but if you live in the area you might like to look at their website www.fiori-musicali.com.


Accompanist wishes to buy a second-hand keyboard with harpsichord voice and adjustable pitch. Please contact hilngeoff*ntlworld.com if you have one for sale.

Harpsichord tuition

available from teacher with over 18 years experience.

Whether you are looking to pass exams, diplomas,
improve your continuo playing, or just want to learn for fun,
lessons are designed to suit individual needs.

    Please call Katharine May (GRSM Hons, ARCM) on 01628 783272 or email

km*katharinemay.co.uk (www.katharinemay.co.uk)

Handel House

www.handelhouse.org/whats-on To book tickets please call the booking line on 020 7399 1953. May concerts were in the March Tamesis.


Thursday 4 June, 6.30-7.30pm The à la mode Musician
ARCATA à la mode present a programme of English music written for soprano and bass composed between 1601-1710. It will feature music by Eccles and Clarke from the 1698 publication The à la mode Musician, alongside works by Corkine and Jones, brothers Henry and Daniel Purcell and Italian composer Galli. ARCATA à la mode are Elin Harries (soprano) and Carina Drury (cello).
Tuesday 9 June, 6.30-7.30pm BHS Recital: Bow Envy
Tom Foster (harpsichord) presents a programme of transcriptions for harpsichord by JS Bach, featuring four exuberant examples of his lifelong determination to unleash the harpsichordist from continuo servitude. Concerto formats are also explored in arrangements of violin concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann.
Thursday 11 June, 6.30-7.30pm Cembalo Transalpino

Catalina Vicens (harpsichord) presents a programme from Italian composers and arrangers of the 16th century and English composers from the virginal school, with special focus on Musica Transalpina, a collection of Italian madrigals published in England in 1588 and some of the earliest keyboard music printed.
Thursday 18 June, 6.30-7.30pm A Tale of Two Cities
In this programme harpsichordist Yeo Yat-Soon looks at the period leading up to the loss of the British colonies in America and the French Revolution through the music of JC Bach, Balbastre and others.
Saturday 20 June, 10am-7pm Handel House Singers: Come and Sing Israel in Egypt
To complement Handel House’s current exhibition, A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738, join in and work through Israel in Egypt, Handel’s great oratorio written in October 1738 for the 1739 concert season. Richly punctuated with beautiful chorus pieces, this oratorio is perfect for choral singers. All singing levels are welcome and familiarity with the music is not necessary; come along and learn! The day will be led by international conductor and baroque specialist Laurence Cummings. Laurence will coach each vocal section in the morning at Handel House and then invite the whole choir to join him and orchestra Belsize Baroque for a full rehearsal and performance at Grosvenor Chapel. Saturday 20 June, 6-7pm Handel House Singers Perform Excerpts from Israel in Egypt
Excerpts from Handel’s Israel in Egypt sung Grosvenor Chapel, 24 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA
Handel House Singers will be accompanied by baroque orchestra Belsize Baroque In Perfect Opposition
Thursday 25 June, 6.30-7.30pm
John Crockett (violin) and Tom Foster (harpsichord) present violin sonatas by Corelli and JS Bach.

July 2015
Thursday 2 July, 6.30-7.30pm The Trials and Triumphs of Love
Erica Eloff (soprano) and Ars Eloquentiae present a programme of Handel’s intimate chamber cantatas for solo soprano. Youthful instrumental sonatas intersperse this exploration of the theme of unrequited love. Ars Eloquentiae are Leo Duarte (oboe), James Toll (violin) and Chad Kelly (harpsichord).
Thursday 9 July, 6.30-7.30pm Some Weddings and a few Funerals
Musicke in the Ayre present 17th century songs accompanied on lute, archlute and bass viol that celebrate marriage and commemorate the departed. The programme will include works by Campion, Coperario, Dowland and Monteverdi. Musicke in the Ayre are Helen Atkinson (soprano), Melissa Scott (mezzo-soprano), Esha Neogy (bass viol) and Din Ghani (lute, archlute).
Tuesday 14 July, 6.30-7.30pm BHS Recital: The Singing Brook
Anhad Arora (harpsichord) performs some of J S Bach’s works using a delicate performing style aptly named ‘the singing brook’.
Thursday 16 July, 6.30-7.30pm ‘Life after Deth’
Richard Boothby presents a programme of evocative solo bass viol music by Hume, Lawes and Abel.
Thursday 23 July, 6.30-7.30pm Chaconne ou Passacaille
The Chaconne and the Passacaille were two popular styles of music in the baroque period characterised by their repetitive bass lines and extravagant ornamentation. Satoko Doi-Luck (harpsichord) presents a programme that compares Couperin’s Chaconne ou Passacaille, Duphly’s Chacconne and Passacaille from Handel’s G Minor Suite to investigate the distinction of each style.
Thursday 30 July, 6.30-7.30pm ‘To Behold the wand’ring Moon’

A group of talented young composers explore the use of imagery painted in Handel’s ‘Sweet Bird’ from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato to create their own setting of the same text by the great poet John Milton. The culmination of a week-long summer school supervised by Composer-in-Residence Edwin Hillier and composer Michael Andrews, the group will present their compositions written for Cathy Bell (mezzo-soprano), Caoimhe da Paor (recorders) and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) to perform live in Handel’s performance room. In association with the RNIB.

A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738 Until Sunday 28 June 2015

Exhibition Talks at 3pm are delivered by volunteers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge. They last between 15-20 minutes and will take place on the last Saturday of each month: 30 May and 27 June.

Handel: A Life With Friends Wednesday 1 July 2015 Sunday 10 January 2016 What was it like to live next to the great composer Handel? Who would call at his house? Who did he visit? In this new exhibition, Handel scholar Ellen Harris will explore the composer’s domestic life at 25 Brook Street and the many friends and neighbours who visited him at the new, fashionable residential district called ‘May Fair’. With important loans from national, local and private collections, the exhibition will offer a rare glimpse into the public and private lives of some of Handel’s closest friends.

Exhibition Talks at 3pm on Saturday 25 July and 29 August.

Due to building work taking place at the museum the public entrance is now at the front of the house at No.25 Brook Street. There is currently no lift access or toilets within the building, but visitors will have the opportunity to use Handel’s original staircase.

Opening hours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm (8pm on Thursday), Sunday 12pm-6pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays

The Bate Collection, Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, Oxford

Bate Concerts
Tuesday 19 May Holywell Music Room, 7.30pm. Syrinx, Teleman Music for winds Tuesday 26 May Holywell Music Room, 7.30pm. Horn Recital Anneke Scott & Steven Devine

Recitals in Christ Church Picture Gallery, 1pm
This term we will be working with Christ Church Picture Gallery to mark their 250th anniversary. We have joined together to arrange the following programme of recitals:

Wednesday 3rd June - Fatima Lahham on recorder
Saturday 6th June Richard MacKenzie on guitar
Wednesday 10th June - Francis Shepherd on harpsichord
Saturday 13th June - The Bate viol consort with provide an entertainment Wednesday 17th June - David Gerrard on harpsichord

Music of the Tudors
Free admission

The collection is open Monday to Friday afternoons from 2 to 5pm throughout the year and on Saturday mornings from 10 to 12 from May 2nd to June 20th.