GRAND BAROQUE August 30th 2013


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  • Missa in Labore Requies by Georg Muffat (1653-1704) – his sole surviving large scale choral work written for Salzburg Cathedral and employing the full range of baroque instrumentation to colourful effect .
  • Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis by Johann J. Fux (1660-1741), a prolific and highly respected composer of works for Vienna Cathedral in the 1690s, this writing is truly spectacular

PROGRAMME DETAILS:   BEMP programme August 30th 2013

Blackdowns Early Music Projects‘ principal Director JanJoost van Elburg  will bring these dazzling works to life in Exeter Cathedral for the first time outside central Europe.  He has established a reputation for incomparable preparation and direction of his performers throughout Europe and the UK.  As principal MD of Blackdowns Early Music Projects since 2004,  a recent reviewer likens his concerts to the equivalent of  ‘a musical journey in a Rolls Royce’. He lives in Amsterdam, where he directs two choirs. In the UK as well as BEMP, he is musical director to Oxford’s Bartholomew Consort.

Sally Dunkley • Amy Haworth • Caroline Trevor • Hannah Cooke • Mark Dobell • Julian Stocker • Jonathan Arnold • Thomas Flint
Prominent vocalists in their own right the soloists all regularly perform with today’s leading Early Music ensembles including The Cardinall’s Musick, Chapelle du Roi, I Fagiolini, The Gabrieli Consort, The Hilliard Ensemble, The Monteverdi Choir, The Orlando Consort, The Sixteen,  Stile Antico, The Tallis Scholars and The Taverner Consort  – among others.

The unique Baroque band combines the matchless expertise of  The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble  , a virtuoso period instrument ensemble at the forefront of the early music scene.  Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK and abroad.  They regularly accompany leading professional vocal groups and ensembles, including I Fagiolini, Cantus Cölln.  They frequently perform in company with the Monteverdi String Band, founded in 2003 to explore the unique style, rich sonority and wonderful repertoire of the 17th century string band.  They have enjoyed many fruitful collaborations, particularly with  ECSE and also Passacaglia. MSB’s members have also worked with prestigious specialist ensembles internationally which adds to their vast range of  complementary knowledge and experience.  The newest group performing  in this concert is  the  Altenburg Ensemble formed in 2011.  They perform on natural trumpets without the aid of ‘modern’ vent-holes to give true voice to the instrument’s natural harmonics.  This is their debut with ECSE and MSB and their first live UK accompaniment for voices with these instruments.

Chamber Organs  •  Steven Devine and Steven Hollas
Theorbo  •  Eligio Quinteiro    Violone  •  Peter McCarthy
Timpani  •  Stephen Burke

A full supporting programme from the instrumental ensembles will complete this truly unique event.