AAM Concerts

Sons of England
GRAMMY-nominated countertenor Reginald Mobley and AAM explore a different vision of the English baroque: in which the music of Purcell, Handel and Ignatius Sancho redefined the culture of a nation.

Baroque England was a nation turned inside out: a fledgling democracy that could also be profoundly unjust, a culture convinced of its own uniqueness but which welcomed genius from all lands. Tonight, Academy of Ancient Music explores an era that’s never felt more current.

So, the music of the London-born Purcell sits alongside masterpieces by Handel – a German who became English by choice – and Ignatius Sancho, who was born into slavery but found freedom and musical success in Georgian England. Curated by American countertenor Reginald Mobley, Sons of England weaves music and words to explore alternative histories of the English baroque, culminating in a Sancho-inspired new commission by composer Roderick Williams: musical history shaping a shared future.

A free pre-concert talk will take place in the auditorium at 6.30pm before the Cambridge and London performances.

We would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Continuo Foundation for their support of this performance.

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Sat 25 May
 | 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall
Cambridge
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From £18.50, £5 (u35)
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Tue 28 May
 | 7.30pm
The Tung Auditorium
Liverpool
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£21.60
0151 794 1500
Thu 30 May
 | 7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall
London
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Fri 31 May
 | 7.30pm
St George’s
Bristol
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0117 929 4929
Programme
BRITISH BY BIRTH
John Dowland
Lachrimæ Antiquae (from Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares)
Melancholy Galliard
Henry Purcell
Britain, thou art now great (from Why, why are all the Muses mute?)
Music for a while (from Oedipus)
Keyboard Ground in D minor
Here the deities approve (from Welcome to all the pleasures)
Strike the viol (from Come, Ye Sons of Art)
Trio Sonata in E minor
O solitude, my sweetest choice
John Blow
So ceased the rival crew (from An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell)
We beg not hell, our Orpheus to restore (from An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell)
The power of Harmony too well they know (from An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell)
BRITISH BY CHOICE
Attrib. Cesare Morelli, Samuel Pepys
Ah! Happy Isle!
Go, perjured man! And if thou e'er return
Phoebus God, beloved by men
Beauty retire
Francesco Geminiani
Concerto Grosso in D minor, ‘La Follia’ (after Corelli Op. 5 No. 12)
Thomas Arne
Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard
Jean Baptiste Loeillet
Sonata in A minor for Flute and Continuo, Op. 3 No. 4
George Frideric Handel
Keyboard Sonata
Mi palpita il cor
BRITISH BY CIRCUMSTANCE
Charles Ignatius Sancho (arr. Nico Canzano)
Suite of Songs and Dances
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Roderick Williams
From Ignatius Sancho [World Premiere]
Performers
Reginald Mobley
countertenor
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings
director & harpsichord
Reginald Mobley
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings, director & harpsichord
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