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Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York
YO10 5DD


Henry PurcellThe Fairy Queen, Z.629


Bethany Seymour – soprano
Matthew Brook – bass
Peter Seymour – Director
Jason Darnell – Narrator

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

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Programme Note

Purcell’s 1692 semi-opera The Fairy Queen is among his greatest compositions, serving up some of his best-known and spectacular solos, dialogues and choruses and a colourful orchestral accompaniment. A loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, its cast includes fairies (led by Oberon and Titania), an ‘Indian Boy’, fawns, dryads, savages, Phoebus, the rustics Corydon & Mopsa, Juno, Hymen, and a ‘Chinese man and woman’. From humorous scenes and elaborate masques, this is dazzling music for dazzling forces. The performance features a brilliant and entertaining rhyming narration, specially prepared for the occasion by Andrew Pinnock.

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