Bite-Sized Baroque: The Art of Fugue
Bach – The Art of Fugue BWV 1080
William Bennett Flute
Clare Hoffman Viola
Dietrich Bethge Cello
Sara Pacey Cello
Tickets: £26 (concert and supper), £16 (concert only)
Concert lasts approximately 1 hour without an interval. Supper (main course and dessert) is served in the Café in the Crypt after the concert. Last orders 8.00pm
Served from 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Chicken Kiev filled with a wild garlic and parsley butter, pan-fried in fresh breadcrumbs and served on a creamy olive oil mash with sauteed courgettes and red peppers, flavoured with a reduction of a lemon marmalade and Madeira sauce.
Roasted vegetables braised in a sun-dried tomato and orange cassoulette, encrusted in a pastry case and topped with a cooling saffron soured cream.
Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1988 from London’s leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and vital manner, often without a conductor, but principally for the players’ own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the audience.
Through their regular London season at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the South Bank and on BBC Radio 3, London Octave has attracted a loyal following of concert goers who appreciate their vitality and virtuosity. This, coupled with their programmes based on major and accessible works, has established them as one of the leading chamber orchestras in Britain. The members, many of whom have distinguished individual careers, frequently take turns as soloists and leading musicians are often invited to work with the ensemble. During recent seasons, artists include John Lill, Nick van Bloss, William Bennett, Crispian Steele Perkins, Lorraine McAslan, Yvgeny Sudbin, James Bowman, The Tallis Chamber Choir.
Recently London Octave has taken part in CD recordings with James Bowman (counter-tenor) and given a concert Istanbul’s Is-Sanat Hall with William Bennett (flute).
London Octave’s CD, Better Baroque, featuring well known baroque masterpieces received great acclaim, being described as, “an absolute gem full of sparkle and wit” in Metro. Time Out commented, “Forget the routine baroque, this is better baroque”. Dutton recently released a new CD by London Octave (conductor Kypros Markou) featuring works by the early 20th century American composers A.Foote and V.Herbert.