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
Emily is much in demand in Early Music circles. She met with universal admiration throughout our tour of Lower Saxony in Germany and has toured the world - as well as appearing on BBC TV - with the prestigious Tallis Scholars. She also sings with the famous Taverner Consort. Extremely versatile, she not only excels in music by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, she is also at home with contemporary music – and as various YouTube clips show, a virtuoso marimba player. Google “Emily Atkinson marimba” and you'll see what we mean!
Renowned as Evangelist in the great Bach Passion settings for nearly half a century, Rogers has been a member of many early music groups, and has a vast discography. As a member of the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble he appeared all over the world, including in countries as diverse as Japan, Armenia, Australia, Korea, USA, Cape Verde, Siberia and practically everywhere in Europe. Currently he sings with the three-tenor ensemble Conductus, on occasion in St Albans Abbey Choir and also performs as a continuo player.
Formed in 1994, the Windsor Box&Fir Co has given many concerts. Appearances include the London Handel Festival, Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Classic FM, the Guildhall in York, BBC1 Television, Goodnestone Park, Channel 4, Nottingham University, BBC Radio, Royal Holloway College, Meridian Television, Kensington Palace, V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Windsor Festival, Norden Farm Arts Centre, Clandon Park, Hambleden, St Mary at Hill (London), St Anne & St Agnes (London), Windsor Fringe, Portsmouth, St Peter’s (St Albans), Craswall (Herefordshire) and many more. CDs include The Enchanted Garden (National Trust) A Garden of Delights (English Heritage) Music for Love and Marriage (Isis Records) and Hail Windsor, crowned with lofty towers (DanubiaDiscs, jointly with Café Mozart). They have also recorded 2 CDs of music from Jane Austen’s own collection in Chawton: The Music & Songs of Jane Austen (Isis Records) and, together with Sophie Bevan and Rogers Covey-Crump, Begone Dull Care (DanubiaDiscs).