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.

Download the digital programme for the Cambridge and London performances >

We would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation, the Continuo Foundation and the Golsoncott Foundation for their support of this project.


Sat 25 May
 | 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall
From £18.50, £5 (u35)
01223 357851
Tue 28 May
 | 7.30pm
The Tung Auditorium
0151 794 1500
Thu 30 May
 | 7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall
From £15, £5 (u35)
020 7870 2500
Fri 31 May
 | 7.30pm
St George’s
From £10
0117 929 4929
John Dowland

Lachrimæ Antiquae Pavan (from Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares)

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)

Chaconne from 'King Arthur'

O Solitude! (a song on a ground)

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)

Thomas Arne

Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard

Attrib. Cesare Morelli, Samuel Pepys

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)

Jean Baptiste Loeillet

Sonata in A minor for Recorder, Op. 3 No. 4

George Frideric Handel

Harpsichord Concerto in G major

Mi palpita il cor

Charles Ignatius Sancho (arr. Nico Canzano)

Suite of Songs and Dances

Roderick Williams

From Ignatius Sancho [World Premiere]

Reginald Mobley
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings
director & harpsichord
Reginald Mobley
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings, director & harpsichord
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