We are delighted to announce that Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancelllor of leeds University has accepted an invitation be become Leeds Baroque's Honorary Patron.
Members of Leeds Baroque have many strings to their bows not least our regular bassoonist Maggie Bruce who is rapidly making a name for herself as a wild-life photographer.
Here is her winner entry in the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's recent photographic competition.
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.
Leeds Baroque's spring concert will bring the Leeds Early Music Festival to a rousing conclusion with performances of works by two of Italy's most popular composers - Vivaldi and Pergolesi combining repertoire that is most familiar (Vivaldi's Gloria) with a first performance of a newly edited work by Pergolesi - his magnificent Mass for double Choir and Orchestra.
The performance will be preceded by a talk give by Dr Andrew Woolley, editor of this new edition.
Details of the programme, booking etc. can be found here
Leeds Baroque is delighted to announce that Peter Holman, their director, was awarded the MBE in this year's New Year's Honours. The award is for services to Early Music. Peter will receive his award at Buckingham Palace on February 26th.
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