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Sunday 20 May, 4.30pm
St. John's, Smith Square

Ensemble Meridiana
Dominique Tinguely
Sarah Humphrys
Sabine Stoffer
Tore Eketorp
Christian Kjos

recorder & bassoon
oboe & recorder
viola da gamba

Europe Reconciled

Ensemble Meridiana


Concerto in A minor, TWV43:a3
Les caractères de la danse
Concerto in G major, TWV43:G6
Trio in D minor (formerly attrib. Telemann, TWV42:d10)
Concerto in G minor, RV107

Consisting of instrumentalists from five different countries, Ensemble Meridiana has won first prizes at several major early-music competitions since its formation only five years ago. For us they journey into the eclectic musical mind of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the 18th century's most personable composers, whose delight was to take the national styles of Italy, France, Germany and Poland and mix them into a distinctively new and refined manner of his own.

'... humerous, exhuberant and original'  
Göttinger Tageblatt

Tickets £15 (unreserved)
 Buy a ticket for both concerts on 20 May and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine
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Sunday 20 May, 6.15pm
St. John's, Smith Square

The Lufthansa Lecture
Andrew Manze

The Pursuit of Excellence - A Call to Arms

Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze is known to many for his captivating and daring performances on the Baroque violin, even though today he is a conductor working primarily with modern orchestras. In the fourth annual Lufthansa Lecture he examines the state of Baroque performance at a time when more and more 'modern' musicians are aware of historical issues and ever higher performing standards are demanded of them, and explores the relationships between iconoclasm and tradition, knowledge and intuition.

Free ticketed event
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Read the texts of previous lectures by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Robert Hollingworth and Laurence Dreyfus.

Sunday 20 May, 7.30pm
St. John's, Smith Square

Andréanne Paquin
Musica ad Rhenum
Jed Wentz


flute & director

Les nations - Couperin the Internationalist

Musica ad Rhenum
Jed Wentz

François Couperin
François Couperin
Collin de Blamont
François Couperin
François Couperin

La Françoise (Les nations)
Douzième Concert (Les goûts-réünis)
La toilette de Vénus
Le Parnasse, ou L'apothéose de Corelli
L'impériale (Les nations)

Although usually seen as one of the great representatives of the French Baroque, Couperin had a lifelong interest in combining the two great national styles of the Baroque, the French and the Italian. His efforts found clearest expression in the exquisite trio sonatas of Les nations and Les goûts-réünis, some of which are heard here in colourfully realised performances by Jed Wentz's superb ensemble. There is also a rare chance to hear Collin de Blamont's sensual and playful cantata depicting Venus's conquest of Mars.

'Music of days gone by that today goes straight in to the heart and feet, as if it were a pop concert.'
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Tickets £28, £22, £15, £10
 Buy a ticket for both concerts on 20 May and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine 
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