Wednesday 23rd June
Under the Greenwood Tree
UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE
St John The Baptist Church
Music from 18th century England in a programme combining Shakespeare songs and other popular songs from the theatre and pleasure gardens with trio sonatas and other instrumental music, including country dances. Composers to include Arne, Boyce, Dibdin, Carey, Corbett, J.C. Bach and Ignatio Sancho.
The entertainments of the 18th century were not confined to London. Songs from the shows and for the pleasure gardens spread around the country, and visitors to spa towns like Cheltenham and Bath were eager to attend concerts and balls. We also know that sheet music found its way into the homes of many a keen amateur; indeed, domestic music-making played an important part of social life. We can imagine that much of the music in this concert would have been enjoyed not only at public events but also in the home.
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor & The Windsor Box & Fir Co:
Jenny Thomas - flute & recorder
Ilana Cravitz - violin
Ian Gammie - bass viol & guitar
Stephen Jones - harpsichord
Rogers was for three decades a core member of the Hilliard Ensemble, known globally not only for its concerts and recordings of Early Music but also commissioned works from living composers and, in particular, acclaimed first recordings of the vocal works of Arvo Pärt.
For fifty-three years Rogers has appeared as a soloist in cathedrals, at the BBC Proms and venues around Britain, Europe and North America, notably as Evangelist in the Bach Passions. His recorded repertoire as a soloist ranges from the 12th through to the 20th centuries via the Bach Passions and includes a substantial number of albums of Purcell, lute and late-18thC songs.