Music for the ‘Sun King’

Friday, 24.03.2017 19:30, Duke’s Hall

London Handel Players
Academy Baroque Ensemble
Laurence Cummings director
Adrian Butterfield violin
Rachel Brown flute
Milly Forrest soprano
Mary Collins and Steven Player dancers

Handel’s music served London’s fashionable society and its tastes. Despite a German monarchy and an essentially Italian opera-loving British public there was still an insatiable appetite for French dance. Pierre Rameau’s 1725 dance manual, Le maître à danser, states proudly: ‘There is hardly a court in Europe where the dancing master is not French.’ King Louis XIV’s passion for dancing had inspired not only much of Europe to dance with him but also many of Europe’s composers to write exquisite dance music.

Academy Baroque Ensemble performs side-by-side with the London Handel Players in a collaboration with choreographer Mary Collins and her dancing partner Steven Player performing dances written for Louis the ‘Sun King’. We will see and hear the influence his court had on music across Europe in repertoire by Handel, Lully, Couperin, Rebel, Purcell and Corelli. Directed by Laurence Cummings, who is the Academy’s William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance.

Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office: online now, telephone 020 7873 7300 from Tuesday 3rd January

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