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West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road


John DowlandLachrimae antiquae
John DowlandMelancholy Galliard
Henry PurcellWhy, Why are all the muses mute?: 'Britain, thou art now great'
Henry PurcellOedipus: 'Music for a While'
Henry PurcellGround in D minor
Henry PurcellCome ye sons of Art, away, Z.323: 'Strike the viol, touch the lute'
Henry PurcellTrio Sonata in E minor, Z.796
Henry PurcellO solitude, my sweetest choice, Z.406
John BlowAn Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell
Francesco GeminianiConcerto Grosso in D minor 'La follia', Op.5 no.12
Thomas Augustine ArneSweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard
Jean Baptiste LoeilletSonata in A minor for Flute and Continuo, Op. 3 No. 4
George Frideric HandelMi palpita il cor, HWV 132a
Ignatius Sancho12 Country Dances


Reginald Mobley – countertenor
Laurence Cummings – director / harpsichord

Academy of Ancient Music

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Programme Note

Baroque England was a nation turned inside out: a fledgling democracy that could also be profoundly unjust, a culture convinced of its own uniqueness but which welcomed genius from all lands. Tonight, Academy of Ancient Music explores an era that’s never felt more current.

So, the music of the London-born Purcell sits alongside masterpieces by Handel – a German who became English by choice – and Ignatius Sancho, who was born into slavery but found freedom and musical success in Georgian England. Curated by American countertenor Reginald Mobley, Sons of England weaves music and words to explore alternative histories of the English baroque, culminating in a Sancho-inspired new commission by composer Roderick Williams: musical history shaping a shared future.

A free pre-concert talk will take place in the auditorium at 6.30pm before the Cambridge and London performances.

We would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council for their support of this performance.

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