Early Music Day: Ensemble Hesperi - Music for a Musical Coalman

Saturday 23 July 2022

9.30pm • St Nicholas' Chapel • £12 (under 25's 50% off)

Matteis Ayres for the Violin, Part Four
Finger Sonata No. IV in D minor
Handel Trio Sonata HWV 389 in F major
Playford The English Dancing Master
Pepusch Prelude
Whichello Suite No.2 in F major
Purcell Sonatas of Three Parts No.1 in G minor, Z790
Banister The Division Violin
Blow Trio Sonata in A major

The late night concert as part of the 2022 Early Music Day sees award-winning period group, Ensemble Hesperi, paint a picture of London’s vibrant musical scene in the early 1700s, through the lens of the extraordinary coal merchant Thomas Britton, one of London’s first concert promoters. His musical evenings, hosted in his small coal-loft in Clerkenwell, attracted the best performers and composers of the day, including Handel himself. At this time, musicians were pouring into London from across Europe to enjoy the rich opportunities for theatre work and private patronage.

The Italian style of composition, pioneered by Corelli, was the height of fashion, and London’s concert rooms and theatres were soon filled with Italian opera, chamber music, and virtuosic solo repertoire. This programme features music by several of the musicians who performed in Britton’s concert series, including a sparkling trio sonatas by Handel, and a dramatic work by Purcell, whose Sonatas in Three Parts brought Italian trio sonata style to England in the 1680s. In the informal atmosphere of the coal loft, Britton would also have enjoyed raucous divisions on popular tunes of the day, popular dances by Playford, and variations such the “Ground on the Scotch Humour” by the astounding London-based Italian violinist Nicola Matteis.

Book both Spiritato - Taste of a Nation and Ensemble Hesperi - Music for a Musical Coalman at the same time for £26.

St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas' Chapel, St Ann's Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1LT

  • Uneven paving on approach to doors.
  • Toilet facilities now available in the chapel.
  • Wheelchairs accessible through the main door.
  • A limited number of wheelchair spaces are available and must be booked in advance - please specify when booking.

The nearest car park is Chapel Street and Tuesday Market Place. 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/

Seating is unreserved.  The acoustic is excellent throughout the chapel but an unrestricted view of the performance area cannot be guaranteed from all seats - in some cases, the view is extremely restricted.


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