(From Germany and England)
Friday 15th November 2019 at 8.00 pm
St Mary's Parish Church
Bach Suite No 3
Handel Water Music Suite in D major
Handel Organ Concertos
Boyce Symphony No 5 in D major
Iain Ledingham (Director/Organ)
An evening of 18th century Baroque splendour with a strong English connection. Handel spent a large part of his long, creative life in England and the splendid Water Music Suites were composed at the request of King George I for music for a concert on the River Thames. Handel composed many Italian operas for London theatres and subsequently his magnificent series of Oratorios in English was a great success with the English public. Performances of these works were often interspersed with organ concertos in which Handel displayed his remarkable virtuosity and inventiveness.
We feature two of these delightful works in this programme.
Handel’s younger contemporary, William Boyce went on to become Master of the King’s Music in 1755 and organist of the Chapel Royal in 1758. We are performing his exuberant and melodious Symphony in D major.
Dance suites were widespread in 18th century music – collections of pieces in the popular French dance styles. Bach brought the dance suite to a supreme level in his four Orchestral Suites. Suite No 3 in D major is a particularly grand work with the full panoply of three trumpets and timpani in the outer movements and also containing the famous air, popularly known as “Air on a G String”.
Tickets: £20, £15, £10 (adults), Students Free *
Sponsored by Clinimed (Holdings) Ltd and Mr and Mrs N Piercey
* Students and under 16’s free – offer excludes £20 tickets. Free student tickets must be pre-booked online. Under 16’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.