Duo Hesperi: From Caledonia to the capital

Friday 22 July 2022

6.30pm • All Saints Church • £15 (under 25's 50% off)

Mary-Jannet Leith recorders
Thomas Allery harpsichord

Oswald Airs for the Summer & Winter; The Caledonian Pocket Companion
Barsanti Sonata V, Op.1; A Collection of Old Scots Tunes
Geminiani A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick
Finger Sonata No.8 in F Major, Op.3
Burney Six Sonatas for the Harpsichord, No. II
Handel Sonata in C major, HWV 365

Award-winning duo Mary-Jannet Leith (recorders) and Thomas Allery (harpsichord) present a programme of eighteenth-century music celebrating the musical relationships between the two vibrant musical capitals of the British Isles, London and Edinburgh.

Scottish and English musicians trod a well-worn musical circuit between the two cities in the 1700s, and in fact many Scottish composers settled in London, where they pursued successful careers as music sellers, performers and teachers. One of these was James Oswald, a dancing-master from a Fife who ran a music shop on the Strand, and was appointed Chamber Composer to George III after many years of patronage from his father, Frederick Louis. Highlights of the programme include airs from Oswald’s incredible collections of “Airs for the Seasons”, each of which is named after a flower or plant. These gems will appear alongside music by more familiar contemporaries, including a sparkling sonata by Handel, and a harpsichord solo by the celebrated Charles Burney. 

Public booking opens: Tuesday 3 May
Priority booking for Patrons opens Tuesday 19 April and for Friends on Monday 25 April.

All Saints Church

Hillington Square/Church Lane, King's Lynn PE30 5AE

  • Wheelchairs accessible through main entrance with one small step
  • Full accessible toilet facilities nearby
  • Guide dogs admitted
  • A limited number of wheelchair spaces are available and must be booked in advance
  • Seating is unreserved

An unrestricted view cannot be guaranteed from all seats in this historic building.

The nearest car park is Boal Quay. Please note: Charges apply 24 hours a day, including for Blue Badge holders. Please ensure you pay the correct fee.  Current charges are available on the borough council website:  https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/

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