"[The performance] was a life enhancing jewel in the sea of mediocrity which surrounds us!"
Christine Stanton (2014)
Honorary Patron - Sir Alan Langlands: Musical Director - Peter Holman MBE: Chorus Master - Clive McClelland
Leeds Baroque 2018 directed by Peter Holman
Concert Diary 2018
Sunday 10 June at 3:00pm
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall,
University of Leeds LS2 9JT.
(Note change of venue - due to road closures for the International Triathlon)
Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen
William Shakespeare and Henry Purcell: the perfect companions for a summer’s afternoon.
The Fairy Queen is an extravagant operatic adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, first put on with Purcell’s music in 1692. There are lots of additional elements to Shakespeare’s dreaming, including a scene of drunken poets tormented by the fairies (satirizing Purcell’s stuttering friend Thomas D’Urfey), an evocative nocturnal masque in which Night, Mystery, Secrecy and Sleep appear to entertain Titania, a grand Masque of the Four Seasons, and a final wedding masque set, for no particular reason, in China.
Leeds Baroque’s performance of Purcell’s wonderful score is linked by a specially devised narration by Richard Andrews conveying the essence of play as adapted for Restoration taste. Fun for all the family.
Sunday 28 October at 3:00pm
Leeds College of Music
George Frederick Handel
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Celebrating 250 Years of
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We spent a weekend recording audio samples for the website with recording engineer Colin Bradburne.
Thanks to generous grants from the Friends of Leeds Baroque and Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society we now have examples of our repertoire on line.
Leeds Baroque Choir & Orchestra is a period instrument performance group directed by Peter Holman. We specialise in music of the 17th and 18th centuries and give 3 or 4 concerts a year. Find out more...
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Tickets for The Fairy Queen now available via TicketSource HERE
COMING SOON... THE BAROQUE TIMPS PROJECT
Much of our core repertoire requires period instruments timpani - instruments that are hard to find in our region. To remedy this problem, and with the help and advice of Adrian Bending (principle timpanist for OAE and Professor of Timpani at the Royal College of Music) Leeds Baroque is planning a crowd funding campaign to commission a set of Baroque timps, which in addition to our own use will be made available to other period instrument groups. We hope to launch the project in February 2019.
Watch this space for further exciting developments!
Summer Programme announced
Sunday 10th June 2018
Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen.
We are listed in the NCEM directory!