Towards the end of Henry Purcell’s tragically short life, he was focussed entirely on music for the stage. The first performance of The Fairy Queen was given in London in 1692, three years before his untimely death at the age of 36. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Purcell’s score is a cornucopia of musical invention by a composer at the height of his powers. Laugh out loud at an inebriated poet, and a country couple’s pantomime courtship. Weep to the strains of a lament that rivals (surpasses?) that in Dido and Aeneas. Thrill to the music for Oberon’s birthday celebrations. Interspersed among these highlights, there is enough dance music to keep Strictly fans’ toes a-tapping for a month!
Tickets at £28, £23, £18, or £12 (10% discount for concessions) are available from the St John’s Smith Square box office on-line, by telephone (020 7222 1061), or in person
The English Baroque Choir is one of the finest amateur choirs you will find in London.
We perform a wide range of repertoire, from the 15th century right through to the present day, in intelligent, well-structured concert programmes.
In 2013 the choir commissioned a new work, Psalm-Cantata by John McCabe, and proudly gave the premiere performance in St John’s Smith Square.