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LOCKE Suite in G from The Broken Consort Part 1
PURCELL Sonata No.3 in D minor from Sonnata’s of 3 Parts
HANDEL Keyboard Suite in F HWV 427
MARZIS Sonata for Cello in F
AVISON Trio Sonata in D Op.1 No.6
GEMINIANI Trio Sonata No.2 in D minor
VERACINI Violin Sonata in C Op.1 No.9
HANDEL Trio Sonata in G Op.5 No.4
We are delighted to welcome the Avison Ensemble, one of the country’s foremost period instrument ensembles, to perform a programme of music by the leading composers working in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. England, and particularly London, was a magnet for foreign musicians, and concert audiences flocked to hear the latest musical styles as they arrived from continental Europe.
Handel dominated the music scene, but Pasqualino de Marzis and Francesco Maria Veracini were just two of many itinerant musicians who came to London in the eighteenth century. The group’s namesake, Charles Avison, studied in London with Francesco Geminiani, an Italian composer who lived in London for much of his compositional career, before going on to become England’s most prolific producer of Concerti Grossi and running an extremely successful and long-lived concert series in his home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
“Where the Avison Ensemble really triumphs is in conveying a sense of occasion and musical opulence. Magnificent!”. International Record Review.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the May Festival that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
"Handel Trio Sonata: Tuneful and easy to follow; it will put a skip in your step!”
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