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The London Festival of Baroque Music promises to be a treat for early music lovers

11 May, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat mater is an opening concert highlight on Friday May 12

The London Festival of Baroque Music, the capital’s leading festival of early music, gets under way this Friday evening (March 12) at St John’s Smith’s Square, the venue for most of its concerts, recitals and operas. Cutting-edge late Baroque music at the opening concert by the Early Opera Company includes Pergolesi’s Stabat mater masterpiece.

Other festival highlights include:
Sunday, May 14: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at St John’s Smith Square – Vox Luminis and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
Tuesday, May 16: JS Bach’s B-Minor Mass masterpiece performed at Westminster Abbey by the abbey’s choir – a terrific treat for Bach lovers.
Thursday May 18: semi-staged performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at St John’s Smith Square – top soloists and the I Fagiolini ensemble.
Saturday, May 20: Handel’s last (and many say best) oratorio Jephtha at St John’s Smith Square – stellar soloists and Academy of Ancient Music.
• The festival runs from May 12-20. Full details: www.lfbm.org.uk

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