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Suffolk Villages Festival

Concerts 2016

Oh! The Sweet Delights of Love
Sunday 14 February       
Nayland Village Hall 6.00pm

Claire Tomlin & Emma Bishton soprano
Louise Jameson bass violin
Peter Holman harpsichord

We celebrate St Valentine's Day with a delightful programme on the theme of love in its various aspects, sacred and secular and from first rapture to profound grief.  Baroque composers revelled in the bright and sensuous sonorities of two sopranos with continuo, producing masterpieces such as Marc-Antoine Charpentier's sensuous 'Spring' motet setting lines from the Song of Solomon, Henry Purcell's Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary and Fran├žois Couperin's superb setting of the Magnificat.  In the second half we lower the tone with frank and witty explorations of secular love, by Monteverdi, Charpentier and Couperin, ending with duets from Purcell's King Arthur and Dioclesian.

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Monday 30 May
St Peter's, Sudbury, CO10 2EA 6.00pm

Claire Tomlin & Philippa Hyde soprano
Richard Edgar-Wilson tenor
Giles Davies bass
Psalmody, Essex Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Holman

Acis and Galatea is one of Handel's most memorable and popular English theatrical works, a dramatic and moving story of pastoral love between the shepherd Acis and the nymph Galatea, threatened and finally destroyed by the jealous monster Polyphemus.  We perform the rarely heard revised version of the work, as performed by Handel in London in 1739 and 1740 and in Dublin in 1742. The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus, written by Henry Purcell in 1695 for Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens, is a captivating curtain-raiser.

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