What's on in Lewes Baroquefest 2021...

We hope you will enjoy the events in this years Festival, and also take the opportunity to explore the very historic, creative and colourful town of Lewes with its renowned antique shops, antiquarian bookshops, art and gift shops, and great cafes and restaurants!  See you there!

"Bach: Master of the Minor Key" | Alison Bury & Maggie Cole

Wednesday 21st July | 19:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £12

Alison Bury and Maggie Cole return to the Lewes Baroquefest with a programme of sonatas for violin and harpsichord by JS Bach, as well as his great Partita in C minor for solo harpsichord.
Alison Bury - Violin
Maggie Cole - Harpsichord

"Violet"  | Maggie Cole, Chris Ettridge, and Kate Isitt

Thursday 22nd July | 19:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15

Exotic, talented and the inspirer of devoted passion from both sexes, Violet Gordon Woodhouse (1872-1948) was one of the 20th century's most gifted musicians. With strong connections to Lewes and Sussex, her salon was a magnet to many of the most important artists of her age - Picasso, Diaghilev, Rodin, TE Lawrence, Bartok, Wilfred Owen and Vaughan Williams. A fear of convention and a searching nature led her to share her life with four very different men. In this programme, Violet's story is told in narration and letters, offset by music played on the harpsichord by Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, Mozart, Rameau and Purcell. 

Maggie Cole - Harpsichord

Actors - Chris Ettridge, Kate Isitt

"A Grand Baroque Tour" - Purcell's Muse | Ana Maria Rincon, Julia Bishop, Howard Beach with guest Piers Adams

Friday 23rd July | 18:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £12

The 'Grand Tour' was a feature of the 17th and 18th centuries in which young aristocrats would travel through Europe further educating and familiarising themselves with all of the art forms. Come on an imaginary musical tour around Italy, Germany and England with opera arias and other vocal and instrumental works by Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi and Corelli for soprano, violin, harpsichord, and 'bird-like' interventions from the recorder!

Ana Maria Rincon - Soprano
Julia Bishop - Violin
Howard Beach - Harpsichord
Piers Adams - Recorder

"Pot-pourri de flutes" | Lisa Beznosiuk & Neil McLaren flutes, Catherine Rimer cello

Friday 23rd July | 20:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £12

Three members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play Haydn's charming 'London' Trios alongside a selection of Mozart opera arias and a trio by friend, colleague and fellow freemason Franz Anton Hoffmeister. The flute was arguably the most popular choice of instrument amongst amateur musicians during the 18th and 19th centuries, hence the large number of collections and arrangements of favourite opera excerpts for two flutes. 19th century flute virtuoso Franz Doppler arranged several opera scenes for performance as Pot-pourris with his flautist brother Karl, whose lefthanded technique mirrored Franz's righthanded stance to great visual effect. (Tonight's flautists will perform in the more conventional playing positions!) 
Lisa Beznosiuk - Flute
Neil McLaren - Flute
Catherine Rimer - Cello

"Bright Apollo's Lute" | Paula Chateauneuf - lute and theorbo

Saturday 24th July | 11:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £12

A celebration of the rich and colourful Elizabethan and Jacobean repertoire for lute with dances, ballad tunes, and a ‘fancy’ alongside music for the era’s newly-fashioned, ‘lusty’ theorbo, invented for an innovative, flamboyant style of music-making which took Europe by storm.  This concert features leading musical personalities of the 17th century: John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Batchelar, Alessandro Piccinini, Kapsberger, and de Visée.


Paula Chateauneuf - Lute and Theorbo

"Handel:  Dixit Dominus" | Baroque Collective Singers and Piers Adams recorder

Saturday 24th July | 18:00 & 20:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £20

A thrilling programme of Baroque music featuring Piers Adams performing Telemann’s virtuosic Recorder Concerto in G major and Handel’s energetic and brilliant ‘Dixit Dominus’ with the Baroque Collective, Baroque Collective Singers and a quartet of professional soloists.’ 

Baroque Collective Singers
John Hancorn - director
Piers Adams - recorder
Alexandra Kidgell, soprano
Imogen Moore, soprano
Rebecca Leggett, mezzo soprano
Andrew Wicks, tenor
Andrew Robinson, baritone
The Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury


Telemann: Recorder Concerto in G major

Handel: Dixit Dominus

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