We open with a journey through the heart of musical London, including pieces performed in and around the church in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Featuring well-known works from Purcell’s Abdelazer and Handel’s Water Music; also including music taken from Mozart’s London Sketchbook during his childhood London residency and work by Joseph Boulogne, the first known classical composer of Caribbean heritage.
A programme of some of Bach’s most beautiful and virtuosic choral motets on themes of religious longing, comfort and praise, intertwined with the haunting Cello Suite No. 4 and the celebrated Cello Suite No 1.
A portrait of Venice in the Baroque period, with a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria sung by an all-female vocal ensemble, just as in Vivaldi’s first performance at the Ospedale della Pietà. Also featuring one of the many solo vocal introductions he composed for the work and madrigals by Barbara Strozzi, one of the most illustrious singers and composers of her time.