New live, recorded concerts series and mini festival announced

We are delighted to announce the first of a new series of live, recorded concerts.  Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas will be broadcast on Wednesday 1 July (6pm) on our Facebook channel and features our players, singers Elizabeth Adams, Eloise Irving, Robert Davies, William Towers and Graham Neal, with Artistic Director Christopher Monks leading the period instrument ensemble.

The socially-distanced performances are being recorded in the Court House, Warwick and the first has been made possible by sponsor Hilary Eldridge who was present at the recording.

Future concerts will include Oz and Armonico Drink to Music, with wine expert Oz Clarke and singers and players from the Armonico team, and Byrd’s 4-Part Mass (see below for further details).

We’re bringing the summer term to a close with a 3-day festival (15-17 July) including a live recorded performance of Oz & Armonico (Part One), A Crafty Beer with The King’s Singers, Unlocking Baroque Memories (‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons) and Sing ‘n’ Shine.  A massed sing of the Beach Boys’ hit God Only Knows (in a new version with specially-written lyrics and recorded on Baroque instruments!) will feature Armonico’s professional musicians, members of AC Academy choirs, Scholars, Voice Squad workplace and community choirs.  This will form the festival’s centrepiece before we embrace the future from September onwards.  Full festival details will follow shortly.

The concerts and festival add to our growing catalogue of ongoing virtual content featuring our top professional singers and instrumentalists and world class guest artists.

The Crafty Beer with … interview series (Fridays at 6pm on Facebook) continues with Eloise Irving, William Towers and Oz Clarke (Friday 10 July) and The King’s Singers (Wednesday 15 July, as part of the mini festival) in conversation with Christopher Monks.

Ahead of the launch of our project for those living with dementia – Unlocking Baroque Memories – musicians have been creating short recordings and sharing recollections of a chosen piece (Mondays at 1pm on Facebook).  ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Marcello’s Oboe Concerto and extracts from Bach’s St John Passion will feature in coming weeks.

Here’s a round-up of the dates and details:

Live performances
Wednesdays at 6pm via Facebook

Wed 1 July, 6pm – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
Thu 16 July – FESTIVAL WEEK Oz & Armonico (Part One) (NB Please note change of day due to Festival Week)
Wed 22 July, 6pm – Oz & Armonico (Part Two)
Wed 29 July, 6pm – Oz & Armonico (Part Three)
Wed 5 August, 6pm – Oz & Armonico (Part Four)
Wed 19 August, 6pm – Byrd: 4-Part Mass. Geoffrey Webber (director)

Past performances will be available to view via YouTube

Unlocking Baroque Memories
Mondays at 1pm

Mon 6 July, 1pm – Ich Folge Dir, from Bach’s St John Passion – Elizabeth Adams (soprano), Annabel Knight (flute)
Wed 15 July – FESTIVAL WEEK ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (NB please note change of day due to Festival Week)
Mon 7 Sept, 1pm – Marcello Oboe Concerto – Geoff Coates (oboe), Christopher Monks (keyboard)
Mon 14 Sept, 1pm – Hildegard von Bingen – Eloise Irving (soprano)

Watch previous Unlocking Baroque Memories via our YouTube playlist

A Crafty Beer with
Fridays at 6pm

Fri 10 July, 6pm – Eloise Irving, Will Towers and Oz Clarke – Oz & Armonico Drink to Music
Wed 15 July – FESTIVAL WEEK The King’s Singers (NB please note change of day due to Festival Week)

Watch previous interviews of A Crafty Beer with … via our YouTube playlist


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