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Thursday 18 May, 7.30pm
St. John’s, Smith Square


Jeanne Lamon violin/director

Tafelmusik Jeanne Lamon

Elizabeth Wallfisch violin
Rufus Müller tenor
Gillian Keith soprano
R. H. Thomson narrator

Metamorphosis: From Myth to Music
Concertos, arias and suites by Rameau, Handel, Vivaldi,
Marin Marais and Lully

No composers embraced the myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
more heartily than those of the Baroque, an era much influenced
by extra-musical elements. Ancient traditions were re-interpreted
and the vividly portrayed heroes and lovers of Greek myth were
ideally suited to dramatic roles in early opera. An enchanting
programme takes us on a trail through music of different nations,
our guide the famed Canadian actor R. H. Thomson whose direct
telling of these rousing tales links the inspiration behind each piece.

Tafelmusik, Canada’s orchestra on period instruments, has
achieved international recognition since its foundation 25 years
ago and under the leadership of Jeanne Lamon has been noteworthy
for throwing new perspectives on old music.

‘… every moment displays the vibrancy and urgency of Tafelmusik’s playing.’
The Times

Tafelmusik has maintained one of the highest profiles among period instrument ensembles for over 20 years …’ BBC Music Magazine.

Tickets £21, £18, £14, £10