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Ensemble Hesperi: Take Note Ensemble
Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 1:00 pm
The Temple of Apollo: Jacobite Secrets of London
James Oswald The Poppy and The Narcissus from ‘Spring’, Airs for the Seasons
Giuseppe Sammartini Sonata VI from 12 Trio Sonatas
James Oswald The Caledonian Pocket Companion
John Reid Solo II (A Second Sett of Six Solos)
Francesco Geminiani The Last time I came o’er the moor from A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick
Earl of Kellie Trio Sonata in C
James Oswald The Pheasant’s Eye –The Tulip from ‘Spring’ / ‘Summer’, Airs for the Seasons
Robert Bremner Variations on a Scots theme
Join Ensemble Hesperi in London in 1745, during the Jacobite Rebellion, where Scottish-born musicians fought and won against a culture of anti-Scottish sentiment to create beautiful works, bringing together traditional Scottish folk melodies with fashionable ‘Baroque’ style.
Despite the risk of exile or worse, Scottish “expat” musicians in the capital – such as James Oswald, John Reid, and the eccentric Earl of Kellie, ‘Fiddler Tam’, secretly sided with the Jacobites, and expressed their support through their music. Oswald and his immediate circle of musicians formed a secret society, ‘The Temple of Apollo’, which was supported by Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of George II, who openly supported the rebellious Scots against his father.
For musical Scots, foreigners in a hostile London, passion certainly prevailed – not only did they survive, but their music thrived and drew audiences from near and far to hear the sounds and soul of the Highlands!
Take Note is the Chiltern Arts Young Artist Platform, discovering and championing outstanding young ensembles. Ensemble Hesperi is a dynamic and innovative London-based Early Music ensemble, dedicated to showcasing the infectious charm and dazzling virtuosity of eighteenth century Scottish music through imaginative programming and collaboration with other art forms.
– Step-free access
– Toilets available
– Town parking only
– Closest car parks: Church Yard and The Forge Car Parks