EditorialThis is rather a unusual Tamesis as nobody has sent me any reviews. I know someone offered to review the Peter Syrus workshop on Schein. If it was you, do send it to me for the November issue. Luckily there are plenty of short news items and additions to the concerts and events lists. This month there are forms for the baroque day and for our December workshop and lunch which this year is on Christmas in Rome with David Allinson. Both forms come to me so please note that though you’re welcome to send them in one envelope you need to write two separate cheques. I’m asked to tell you that the Monteverdi Influence workshop with Robert Hollingworth is full with waiting list places only. Most of you who knew Selene Mills will have heard the sad news from her husband Nick Webb that she finally lost her battle with cancer on August 10th. She was the administrator and inspiration behind the Cambridge early music courses and a member of the EEMF committee for many years. You’ll find on page 4 a box with a short extract from her final email. Nick wrote that he will let us know in due course his plans for a fitting memorial and celebratory event for Selene, and also, he very much hopes, a scheme by which her life and work can be fittingly memorialised in the long term.
nd David Fletcher* plus a piece by Christophe Tye on the 2 September I’m happy to say
Greenwich ExhibitionTVEMF will have a stand at the Greenwich exhibition as usual and I hope plenty of you will volunteer to look after it for a few hours during the three days of the exhibition. The period you spend there can of course be arranged around any concerts you want to attend (see page 6 for list), but this year the Early Music Shop have a new rule which is that THEY HAVE TO HAVE VOLUNTEERS’ NAMES BY SEPTEMBER 26th. They will then issue free passes to stand helpers. If you offer your help after that date you will of course be most welcome but you will have to buy your own ticket to come in. I’m busy on two of the three days this year so David Butler has kindly stepped in to organise the stand. If you can help, please contact him at d.e.butlerntlworld.com as soon as possible, and certainly before 26th September if you want a free pass.
Bach cantatas at choral evensong in Oxford
Opportunities to make music
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Isleworth Baroque is staging a double bill of Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' and Eccles'
'Judgement of Paris' in Richmond (west London) this November. They would like a
few extra string players (at A=440). Enquiries to Chris Hobson at
chris.hobson1tiscali.co.uk or 0208 948 0791.
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October 5th 2014, 7.30pm
St Stephen's Rosslyn Hill, London, NW2 2PP
18th-century works performed on period instruments
Mozart – Symphony No 25 in G minor
Mozart – Violin Concerto No 5 in A major “Turkish”
Haydn – Symphony No. 82 in C major “The Bear”
Tickets: £12 Concessions £10 Students £5
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Handel Housewww.handelhouse.org/whats-on To book tickets please call the booking line on 020 7399 1953. September concerts were in the July Tamesis. Thursday 2 October, 6.30-7.30pm. Il Maestro e lo Scolare Duo Jordaan (Adam Jaffe and Anthony Abouhamad) will perform early classical compositions for four-hands on the harpsichord, including masterworks by Mozart and JC Bach, interspersed with solo selections from JS Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Thursday 9 October, 6.30-7.30pm. Beethoven and Baroque on Bouzouki Transcriptions of baroque and classical music on the bouzouki, a musical instrument synonymous with Greece and dating from the Byzantine era. Chris Christodoulou (bouzouki) and Anne Marshall (harpsichord) Sunday 12 October, 2-3pm. Pluckers Re-United! Join Amanda Cook (guitar) and Claire Williams (harpsichord) for their return to the Handel House. They promise to bring another exciting programme, featuring an eclectic mix of music for both instruments. Tuesday 14 October, 6.30-7.30pm. BHS Recital: Vo’ far Guerra Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss comes to the Handel House for the first time with a programme including William Babell’s colourful transcription of ‘Vo far guerra’ from Handel’s Rinaldo, and extracts from some of his recent recordings. Thursday 16 October, 6.30-7.30pm. Dances, Drums and Whistles! Flautotonic collaborate with percussive forces for an entertaining exploration of dance music. This is music to tap your toes to from Medieval rottas to Irish jigs and Restoration dances to French minuets. They are Lauren Brant, David Beaney (recorders), Rebecca McChrystal (percussion) and Claire Williams (hpschd). Thursday 23 October, 6.30-7.30pm. France Meets Italy German harpsichordist Medea Bindewald explores the interplay between the refined French and the more emotional Italian style, which became increasingly fashionable in France in the mid-18th century. Thursday 30 October, 6.30-7.30pm. Hardly Handel: Bach’s French Suites JS Bach’s so-called French Suites epitomise domestic music-making. Composed possibly as a wedding present for his second wife, Anna Magdalena, these delightful suites exude an intimacy that is ideally suited to Handel’s own music room. Performed by Julian Perkins (harpsichord). Thursday 6 November, 6.30-7.30pm. Musique pour Mazarin – Qui a le coeur a tout The fiery passion of Italian music and the languid sweetness of French music are brought to life in this programme of vocal and instrumental music from 17th century Paris. Le Jardin Secret perform and are Elizabeth Dobbin (soprano), Romiher Lischtea (viola da gamba) and David Blunden (harpsichord). Tuesday 11 November, 6.30-7.30pm. BHS Recital: Things Iberian Harpsichordist Linton Powell will explore the form and style of the Spanish and Portuguese sonata for harpsichord in the 18th century, including works by composers from England and France who were either connected to, or influenced by this style. Thursday 13 November, 6.30-7.30pm. Composer-in-Residence Series Concert. Sound Structures with Sarah Angliss Sunday 16 November, 2-4pm. Composer-in-Residence Series Concert. Haze Indigo with Jessica Hynes Thursday 20 November, 6.30-7.30pm. Composer-in-Residence Series Concert. Seeing Sound with Oren Marshall Sunday 23 November, 2-4pm. Composer-in-Residence Series Concert. The Fat Lady has Sung. Performers are Ziazan Horrocks-Hopayian (voice, harp) and Tessa Marchington (harpsichord). Thursday 27 November, 6.30-7.30pm. German Arias A selection of Handel’s German Arias with texts by Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680- 1747). Chaing Yiling (soprano), George Clifford (baroque violin), Ibrahim Aziz (viola da gamba) and Sharona Joshua (harpsichord) Exhibitions She was Despiséd: Handel and Susannah Cibber. Until Sunday 28 September 2014 To celebrate the tercentenary of her birth, Handel House Museum presents an exhibition on the life and work of Susannah Cibber. Exhibition Talk: Saturday 27 September, 3pm A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738. Wednesday 1 October 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015 Our series of exhibitions looking in depth at a single year in Handel’s life continues with 1738. It was a year of varying fortunes for Handel – the Italian opera was failing and he was turning increasingly to the new form of the English oratorio. But at the same time a magnificent statue of him was unveiled at Spring Gardens in Vauxhall, celebrating his pre-eminent position in London society. It was the year in which Handel helped create the Fund for Decay’d Musicians, the roots of the new Methodist ministry were established, and Fortnum and Mason invented the Scotch Egg. Once again a team of Handel House Volunteers will research and curate the exhibition, and the story of 1738 will be told through images and objects from the Handel House Collection, together with loans from other museums. Exhibition Talks at 3pm: Saturday 25 October, Saturday 29 November, Saturday 20 December. Lift Access From 1 November until late July 2015 there will be no lift access to the museum. If you have any questions, please contact the museum in advance of your visit.