SAMPLE PROGRAMMES

Sir Christèmas!

Music from Christmas past includes a variety of favourite festive carols from Italy, France, Germany and England including Tu scendi dalle stelle, Il est né la divin enfant, Es ist ein Roess entsprungen, There is no Rose and concluding with JSBach`s masterful aria Grosser Herr from the Christmas Oratorio.

Awake, sweet Love: A programme of 17th/18th century English Songs

A selection of the best 17th and 18th century English songs with contributions from celebrated composers including John Dowland, Nicholas Lanier, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel.

The Italian Connection: Italian and English music from 16th-18th centuries

Evocative Italian arias by Guilio Caccini and Francesco Cavalli are contrasted with much loved English favourites from Henry Lawes, Henry Purcell and two of Haydn's most popular songs written when the celebrated composer was living in England.