A wonderful evening of English music from the 17th and 20th centuries, entitled ‘English Baroque and Beyond’, takes place at St Mary’s House, Bramber, on Saturday August 8.
The dynamic American Early Music ensemble, ‘Echoing Air’, perform music by England’s most illustrious 17th century composer, Henry Purcell, and his contemporaries, plus some modern masterpieces by such composers as Britten and Tippett.
Countertenors Nathan Medley and Steven Rickards are leading exponents of music from the English Baroque; they have performed all over the world, including at the BBC Prom Concerts. Nathan played Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and sang in master-classes with Dame Emma Kirkby. Steven has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, San Francisco Symphony as well as many prestigious groups such as the Bach Ensemble, the New London Consort, and at Carnegie Hall. They are accompanied on the harpsichord by Thomas Gerber; who is harpsichordist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and has recorded for the Dorian, Concordia, and Catalpa labels, who has made a number of well-received recordings.
The concert takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 8 August. Tickets, which include wine and canapés, are £25 and can be obtained by phoning 01903 816205, online via the website www.stmarysbramber.co.uk, or email info@stmarysbram ber.co.uk
Report and picture contributed by St Mary’s House.