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To Play Before the King

Foundling Museum, 16:00pm

In the Baroque period members of European royal families were great patrons of the arts and many composers were dependent upon them for their livelihood. In this programme the London Handel Players explore some of the music that was written by Handel and his contemporaries for and about royalty and investigate the ways in which this relationship influenced the music they composed. Within the setting of the Foundling Museum , a place deeply connect to Handel’s heart, this promises to be one of the most intimate and ravishing performances in the Festival.

The London Handel Players
Rachel Brown, flute
Adrian Butterfield, violin
Oliver Webber, violin
Rachel Byrt, viola
Gavin Kibble, cello
Silas Wollston, harpsichord

Telemann G major quartet for flute
Quantz Flute Concerto in A major No.14
Handel Trio Sonata Op.5 No.2 in D major HWV 397 for 2 violins and continuo
Couperin Concerts Royaux, Premier Concert in G major for flute and continuo
Handel arias (arr. Brown): Un momento from Alcina, “Myself I shall adore” from Semele, “What tho’ I trace” from Solomon

Length – 1hr 45 mins (including interval)