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Baroque at the Edge Festival showcases leading musicians from all backgrounds

04 January, 2019 — By Sebastian Taylor

Baroque ensemble Ceruleo perform a concert-drama on January 5 about Purcell

IF Bach was a jazzman, Purcell a fiddle-player and Monteverdi a minimalist… If that trio could be recreated, they’d probably be playing at the Baroque at the Edge Festival returning for the second time at LSO St Luke’s this weekend.

The festival invites leading musicians of all backgrounds to take the music of the baroque and see where it leads them.

Friday January 4
7.30pm: Opening the festival is Israeli pianist David Greilsammer. He’s playing two composers definitely “at the edge” – keyboard magician Dominic Scarlatti and 20th-century innovator John Cage.

Saturday January 5
1pm: Lunchtime recital given by bold and impassioned young American violinist Elicia Silverstein, exploring connections between JS Bach, Heinrich Biber, Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino.

4.30pm: Leading acoustic/electronics musician active on the early music scene, viola da gamba player Liam Byrne is playing a set where you can expect anything from Marais to Muhly.

7pm: Clare Norburn’s latest concert-drama takes us back to 1695 and inside the fevered mind of English music’s great genius Henry Purcell as he lies dying. Dream-like memories of the Plaque, the Fire of London and family life merge seam­lessly with his exquisite vocal and instrumental music played by baroque ensemble Ceruleo.

9.30pm: Recital given by soprano Nora Fischer and theorbo player Mike Fentross.

Sunday January 6
10am: Come and sing at an inspiring English Folksong workshop led by Sally Davies known for her work with the Cecil Sharp Choir and Wing-it Singers.

12.30pm: Purcell and English folk: Recital given by viola d’amore player/singer Dave Malkin and storyteller Nick Hennessy.

• Baroque at the Edge runs from January 4-6, www.baroqueattheedge.co.uk

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