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Handel on the Strand

Kingston Chamber Concerts

Kingston Chamber Concerts
Handel on 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!

  • 📅Sat 7 October 2023
  • 📍All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames
  • 🕑7:30pm
  • 🎫tbc

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames
Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1JP, United Kingdom

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