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Happy New Year!

Ok, so it’s already February but somehow it always feels like January is just an exercise in survival.  Everything gets going in February though, as Spring flowers emerge (hello Snowdrops!) and we look forward to the year ahead. We haven’t been resting on our laurels though, and have some exciting projects lined up for the year ahead. We were thrilled to have Music for French Kings featured by Continuo Foundation who also interviewed Artistic Director Amanda Babington as part of their ‘In Conversation’ series on Continuo Connect.

We always try to programme some Baroque & Beyond events in February – it’s good to get out and see other people and have a bit of cheer. This February we have two events, both in Lancashire and following on from a successful pilot there in September 2023. We haven’t abandoned Derbyshire though so don’t worry! We’ll back in Derbyshire in May/June so keep checking our Events page or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear. Or you can follow us on Instagram,  X or Facebook. And don’t forget our YouTube channel.

Once again we are super grateful to Continuo Foundation for supporting our February Baroque & Beyond events. Without funding we can’t put on events such as these and so we are constantly on the look our for grants and donations. Remember you can donate at any time via our website . Or show your support by coming to our events! Baroque & Beyond events include tea and cake (and sometimes even wine!) 😉

Our choral season kicks off in March, with a Mozart Requiem on 16 March in collaboration with Salford Choral Society, one of our regular partners. This concert includes a little known Dixit Dominus by Marianna Martinez and Mozart’s Funeral Music. Listen out for those trombones!

The following week we are splitting our forces to play for two concerts on 23 March. We can only do this when the repertoire allows us and in this case, both concerts use small forces. For Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 we are delighted to be joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. With cornetts, sackbuts, recorders, theorbo, organ and strings there is something for everyone. And we are looking forward to collaborating with the Tatton Singers again. Coincidentally, if you want to know more about Monteverdi’s Vespers, you can book here for a talk given by Rosemary Broadbent on 22 and 29 February as part of the Mancent series.

And in a further coincidence, Rosemary Broadbent is a member of the other choir with whom we will be performing on 23 February! St George’s Singers is another of our long-standing partners, and on 23 February we will collaborating on a programme of Bach cantatas. The programme will be interspersed by some beautiful a cappella works and we will be playing a suite thought to have been written by J.S. Bach but more likely to have been written by his eldest son, W.F. Bach.

We hope to see you at an event very soon!

Amanda

Artistic Director, Baroque In The North

 

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