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
Emily Atkinson - soprano
Jenny Thomas - flute & recorder
Ilana Cravitz - violin
Ian Gammie - bass viol & guitar
Stephen Jones - harpsichord