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The Grand Tour

A Baroque Journey from Edinburgh to Rome

The Grand Tour

Supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation

Supported by Continuo Foundation

Laudonia presents an exciting programme of baroque music inspired by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik’s Grand Tour in the 1690s. Following his route through Europe, we have devised an exciting and eclectic programme for soprano, trumpet, strings and bass continuo, based around the music he may have heard on his travels and written by composers he met, some of whom he studied with on his journey. This includes Clerk’s emotional cantata - Leo Scotiae Irritatus, Corelli’s passionate violin sonata in D minor - La Follia and the ethereal concerto for voice, trumpet and strings by Rosenmüller - O Felicissimus Paradysi.

Sir John, who is perhaps better known for his legal and political contributions to Scottish life, was also a significant composer in his own right. As a result of the fire that broke out in Penicuik House (1899) we may never know the full extent of his musical output. Thankfully his five vocal cantatas survived.

  • 📅Fri 1 September 2023
  • 📍Holy Trinity Melrose, 20 High Cross Ave, Melrose TD6 9SU, UK
  • 🕑7:30pm
  • 🎫£19 (50% reduction for under 25s)

Holy Trinity Melrose, 20 High Cross Ave, Melrose TD6 9SU, UK
High Cross Avenue, Melrose, TD6 9SU, United Kingdom

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