"the evening`s feisty and urbane harpsichordist"....

  

The Times

"sung with a finely-honed sense of style"

The Telegraph

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...a few comments from our audiences:

"Such a lovely concert, your audience absolutely enjoyed every minute. You and Michael have enriched our lives".

 

"We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the concert yesterday, and your performance was nothing less than brilliant". 

"I really loved your concert last weekend! It was absolutely lovely and such a treat. Amazing to be sitting there in Cumbria listening to lovely music so beautifully played. Thankyou to you all".

"Just got home from another wonderful evening with you. So much to enjoy".

 

"I just have to write to say how very much I and my four guests enjoyed your wonderful concert last night. It was really excellent! Such a lovely mix of music and so well played".

 

"Thank you both so much for the lovely morning of music you gave us today. It really was a joy".

 

"What a great evening.....we really did enjoy the music and the atmosphere created in your new venue. A massive success".

“Baroque Fireworks!” - Eden Baroque with Mary Tyers 3rd November 2019

The Music Room at Dufton House is rapidly becoming one of my favourite music venues. This November concert took place on a chilly evening, but there was a warm atmosphere in the Music Room as Katharine (harpsichord) and Michael (violin and baritone) conspired with period flautist Mary Tyers to put on display of Baroque fireworks. 

 

The centrepiece was an arrangement of Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks, which came off well thanks to its predominantly trio sonata texture and some skilfully wrought abridgements. Throughout the programme, which featured pieces chosen for their fire-related texts, harvest-time connotations, or their instrumental and vocal pyrotechnics, the playing and singing was of a superb standard: there were wonderful communication and dialogue between the performers in Handel’s Trio Sonata, Op. 2, No. 1 in B minor and Jean-Marie Leclair’s Deuxieme Recreation de Musique and other pieces, and beautifully emotive singing from Michael, especially in Campion’s Fire! Fire! and Robert Johnson’s Full Fathom Five. Other highlights were Mary’s magisterial rendition of the fiendishly unrelenting Badinerie from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 and Katharine’s nuanced delivery of D. Scarlatti’s Sonata in A, K. 24, in which she carried off the sweeping arpeggios and lightning-fast scalic passages with effortless poise.

 

There was humour aplenty as well: Michael relishing the opportunity to sing Purcell’s “Your Hay it is Mow’d” (King Arthur) and adding a foot-added tambourine to his impressive ability to play and sing simultaneously, which lent further excitement to the “Tambourin” in Leclair’s Deuxieme Recreation. Other highlights were the beautifully judged performance of “Chaconne” from the same piece, in which the players preserved the dancing feeling of Leclair’s music, the selection from Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and the opportunity to hear Telemann’s Trio Sonata in G minor, TWV 42, another persuasive plea on behalf of a sometimes under-appreciated composer.

 

Fine hospitality was also provided, and the concert was punctuated with informative and often highly amusing readings and anecdotes. A wonderful and very warming way to spend this first Sunday evening in November - and well worth the trouble of the drive!

Tamsin Jones - Composer

'Music for a while' with Eden Baroque 3rd July 2019

On a fine summer’s evening Crosthwaite Church’s Roof Appeal was significantly boosted by an excellent concert given by ‘Eden Baroque’, consisting of Michael Sanderson baritone and baroque violin, and Katharine May harpsichord. In an attractive programme of 17th & 18th century music, the audience was taken back into a previous era, which proved to be a refreshing experience. The compositions of Purcell, Lawes and Handel played on period instruments featured initially, with ‘Division on the Ground’ by Thomas Balshar, spotlighting considerable violin dexterity as we approached the interval. The harpsichord also was prominent, both in some delightfully sensitive accompanying, along with impressive virtuosity in its solo capacity, especially evident in Handel’s Suite No.5. ‘Good Morrow’ by Tamsin Jones was specially commissioned and gave us a passing return back into the 21st Century, in which a combination of former and more contemporary styles were cleverly combined.

A feature of the concert was the skilful interplay of voice and violin as show-cased in Handel’s ‘Where’er you walk’ and James Hook’s ‘The Lass of Richmond Hill’. Special mention should be given to Michael Sanderson’s beautiful singing, no more highlighted than in Haydn’s ‘Transports of Delight’ in which he demonstrated a wide vocal range, combined with mellow resonance and an assured technique. During the concert helpful introductions and explanations relating to the music provided further enhancement. Indeed, the direct quotes from pundits of the times added authenticity and humour. As we approached the conclusion, a Dance Medley collected by John Playford introduced further variety with ‘Lilliburlero’ bringing us to a happy and festive finish. After such a pleasurable excursion into a bygone age, it was perhaps with a certain reluctance that one returned to the present day. Eden Baroque is to be congratulated on providing period music of quality and enjoyment.

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