’Tis Nature’s Voice | Les Élémens


’Tis Nature’s Voice | Les Élémens

A virtuosic celebration of nature and music – baroque style

Cuckoos, nightingales, flood tides and a big bang, as Laurence Cummings conducts a virtuosic celebration of nature and music – baroque style.

For the composers of the 18th century, nature wasn’t an optional extra: it was an everyday reality. So of course it found its way into their music too, and this delightful concert finds frogs and toads invading a concerto, wind instruments turning into songbirds (both caged and wild) and composers in Venice and Hamburg putting to sea on the tides of harmony.

In short, all of nature is here, in music that’s alternately playful, touching and elemental in its ingenuity and power. Laurence Cummings directs soloists from within AAM, and begins with arguably the most astonishing natural wonder in all baroque music: the ear-tingling chaos with which Jean-Féry Rebel opens his suite Les Elémens. Music that was ahead of its time then – and timelier than ever today.

There will be a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.

Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings, director and harpsichord
Concert details
Rebel Les Élémens
Telemann Violin Concerto in in A ‘The Toad’
Vivaldi Flute Concerto in D ‘The Goldfinch’
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in E-flat ‘The Storm at Sea’
Handel Organ Concerto in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’
Telemann Overture in C ‘Ebb and Flow’
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings director and harpsichord
Concert dates
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Wednesday, 09 November 2022 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 – £37.50
Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Thursday, 10 November 2022 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 – £35
Box office: 020 7638 8891