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Handel in the Strand

Stour Valley Arts & Music

Stour Valley Arts & Music
Handel in the Strand

We present a mixed programme of Baroque music by the most celebrated composers in London at the turn of the eighteenth century. In the 1700s, London was quickly becoming the musical hub of Europe, attracting the great Handel himself, alongside a multitude of French and Italian musicians who seized the opportunity to play in London's thriving theatre district. In this programme we capture the spirit of musicmaking across the City, from theatres to taverns and music in the home.

On the vibrant thoroughfare of the Strand, home to most of London's famous music shops and print houses, John Walsh first produced Handel's trio sonatas and Corelli's ever-popular Op. 5 violin sonatas. Only streets away, Scottish musicians like James Oswald set up their own shops along the Strand, feeding the craze for Scottish music in
the capital. In the theatres, Handel directed the first performances of his operas and oratorios, working with mezzo-soprano Elisabetta de Gambarini and star oboist Giuseppe Sammartini. Just along the road at the Temple Church, John Playford sold his best-selling books of dance tunes, and we meet Henry Purcell and his teacher John Blow competing in an organ battle!

  • 📅Sun 8 October 2023
  • 📍St Mary's Church, Stratford-St-Mary, CO7 6LS
  • 🕑4:00pm
  • 🎫£18

St Mary's Church, Stratford-St-Mary, CO7 6LS
CO7 6LS Dedham Road, Colchester, United Kingdom

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