The Leeds Baroque Summer concert this season features one of Henry Purcell's best loved works - King Arthur (or The British Worthy), but as with many of Purcell's dramatic works presentation of a complex, if not to say convoluted plot presents difficulties for a modern concert audience.
For their performance on June 14 2015 they will present a reworking of Dryden's original text specially prepared by Richard Andrews and presented by four actors.
Richard is Emeritus Professor of Italian at the University of Leeds with a particular interest in European theatre from 1500-1800.
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent death of Jack Edwards.
Artistic Director/Stage Director: Jack Edwards
Originally trained as an actor and designer Jack Edwards has worked in the field of Baroque opera for twenty-five years. Jack was Artistic Director of 'Opera Restored' and with musical director Peter Holman directed all its productions. As an independent director he has travelled the world, directing Purcell's The Fairy Queen in Adelaide, Dido and Aeneas in Bremen, and Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona in Nova Scotia. For the Boston Early Music Festival, USA he has directed Purcell's King Arthur, Luigi Rossi's L'Orfeo and Cavalli's Ercole Amante which transferred to the Utrecht Early Music Festival. The Boston production of L'Orfeo was also presented at the 18th century theatre in Drottningholm, Sweden and shown on Swedish television. He directed Caldara's Dafne in Chile for a national tour and returned in 2000 to direct Dido and Aeneas taking up a residential post at the Instituto de Musica de Santiago.
For the 10th Anniversary of Leeds Baroque he directed and narrated for the performance of Purcell's The Indian Queen
As an actor he has performed over one hundred anthologies of poetry and music with many of the leading early music ensembles. He held a teaching post in Theatre Studies and movement at the Drama Studio London.
We are delighted to announce that our very own Jillian Johnson MBE has been named as one of the University of Leeds' Women of Achievement for 2015. The University awarded the title of 'Woman of Achievement' to just 13 inspirational staff members and students in recognition of International Women's Day (Sunday 8th March 2015). Congratulations, Jillian!
Jillian, Administrator of Leeds Baroque, and Artistic Director of the University of Leeds International Concert Series, was awarded an MBE for services to music and higher education in Leeds in 2013. Read more about the University's Women of Achievement here.