4.00pm, Sunday 23rd October 2016

Paula Chateauneuf, lute

Paula Chateauneuf

This concert celebrates the final flowering of the Golden Age of lute music, featuring lutenists of the Jacobean and Caroline courts, where extravagant court entertainments fostered a new, more extrovert style of music-making.

The internationally famous lutenist John Dowland, who frustratedly waited until 1612 for his first appointment to the English court, represented the ‘old guard’; while his compositions were a regular feature of most printed and manuscript lute books, they began to appear in other composers’ lavishly ornamented versions in a forward-looking, 17th-century style. The reflective fantasias, pavans and galliards of the late 16th-century now appeared alongside, and eventually gave way to, the new infectiously tuneful, lighter style of almains, corantos, and masque tunes by a new generation of lutenists including Robert Johnson, Daniel Bacheler, and John Sturt.

Paula Chateauneuf’s programme explores this transformative moment in music, when ‘modern’ lutenists were embracing continental influences and pushing the boundaries of both old and new, and salutes the triumphant last flourish of the Renaissance lute.

7.30pm, Saturday 19th November 2016

Jonathan Manson, viola da gamba
Steven Devine, harpsichord

Jonathan Manson Steven Devine

Two of JS Bach’s masterful sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord form the centrepiece of this programme, alongside colourful and deeply expressive works by Bach’s French contemporaries. One of Rameau’s most touching and magisterial suites for the harpsichord is contrasted with the Italianate flamboyance and bold virtuosity of Forqueray’s writing for the viola da gamba. Join us for an exciting and varied programme featuring this intimate and richly sonorous pair of instruments, played by two of the foremost exponents of this music.


4.00pm, Sunday 29th January 2017

The Workshop Ensemble

Annabel Knight, flute and recorder
Alison Bury, violin
Dick Earle, oboe
Andrew Skidmore, cello
Robin Bigwood, harpsichord

Annabel Knight and Robin Bigwood Dick Earle and Alison BuryAndrew Skidmore

Celebrating 25 years of The Workshop Series, the current and previous concert organisers, along with cellist Andrew Skidmore, join forces to play a selection of favourites from the 18th Century, including music by Bach, Telemann and Fasch.


7.30pm, Saturday 18th March 2017

Paul Simmonds, clavichord

Paul Simmonds

Continuing our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Workshop Series, we welcome back Paul Simmonds, who, along with Marianne Metzger, founded the Series in 1991. His programme includes works by 18th Century German clavichord composers such as Wolf, Löhlein and Müthel, played on an instrument by Karin Richter.


7.30pm, Saturday 22nd April 2017

Ana-Maria Rincon, soprano
Julia Bishop, violin
Howard Beach, harpsichord

Julia BishopAna-Maria RinconHoward Beach

Stagecoach from Halle to Haymarket: A musical journey to celebrate the grand masters of the Baroque - Handel, Bach and Purcell

This programme explores the fascinating connection between these famous composers. You will hear some of the best and most well-loved works ever written, including extracts from Handel's Alcina, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Bach's violin and harpsichord sonatas.

Julia Bishop, violin, Ana-Maria Rincon, soprano, and Howard Beach, harpsichord, are all well-known performers in their field. Julia and Howard worked together for many years in Red Priest, while Ana-Maria has sung with groups ranging from The Dufay Collective to Les Arts Florissants. They have recently come together to explore the rich repertoire for their combination, and this concert heralds their debut performance.