Tamesis Issue 249 May 2015
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.
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
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.
(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_varmayahoo.co.uk or look at
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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
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,
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
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 hilngeoffntlworld.com if you have one for sale.
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
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
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
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
Thursday 25 June, 6.30-7.30pm
John Crockett (violin) and Tom Foster (harpsichord) present violin sonatas by Corelli and
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
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
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
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.