Resounding Shores will explore English masterpieces from the late Elizabethan era to the end of the 17th century. In particular, it will present a chance to experience the extraordinary range and depth of expression of Henry Purcell, and to re-evaluate his work alongside the forebears and contemporaries he is known to have cherished such as Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons, Lawes, Jenkins, Locke and Blow. This new programme follows the Academy’s Sunday series of Bach cantatas which has been taking place for 15 years and ends in December 2023.
As the Academy enters its third century, it continues to embrace the wealth of repertoire from the past, to inform the music of the future. A variety of musical styles and genres characterise this period and the concerts will feature some of the most intimate and refined poetic expressions, in any art form, that Britain has produced.
In keeping with regular practice, this series will also include SIDE-BY-SIDE opportunities for Academy musicians. Leading visiting artists will join students in rehearsals and performances, bringing a fresh vocational experience and collaborative engagement from which all parties benefit.
Royal Academy of Music Principal Jonathan Freeman Attwood said: 'We are very proud to have presented our Bach series for the last 15 years. We now look forward to exploring Purcell and his surrounding magical worlds with our young practitioners and audiences. This body of work is one of our nation’s great glories, which we are honoured to share.
'I cannot express enough gratitude for the support of Dr Michelle Kohn, continuing the legacy of her father Sir Ralph Kohn, and the Fondation Meyer, whose generosity has enabled us to perform the work of these remarkable composers.'
The first Resounding Shores concert takes place on Sunday 21 January 2024 at 12 noon. Directed by Eamonn Dougan, the Academy Baroque Soloists will perform music by John Blow and Henry Purcell, in a showcase of the Academy’s historical instruments, players and singers. Public booking opens on Monday 25 September.