FULL OF HIGHLAND HUMOURS : ENSEMBLE HESPERI

@ St Magnus Cathedral

21 Ticket £20. Concession £18.

FULL OF HIGHLAND HUMOURS : ENSEMBLE HESPERI

June 25, 2024 at 1:00pm. Duration: 60 MINUTES

St Magnus Cathedral, Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1DH

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary Jannet-Leith         recorders

Magdalena Loth-Hill     baroque violin

Florence Petit                 baroque cello

Thomas Allery                 harpsichord

 

James Oswald   Airs for the Summer

Francesco Barsanti   A collection Old Scots Tunes

Sammartini        Trio Sonata VI in D minor

Geminiani           "The Bush aboon Traquair" 

Music by Heny Playford, Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl Kellie and Robert Bremner

[PERFORMANCE IN THE ROUND]

In 1700 the first known collection of Scots Tunes was printed in London by the celebrated music publisher Henry Playford. Ever the savvy advertiser, Playford claimed in the title that the music contained therein was ‘Full of the Highland Humours’.  Ensemble Hesperi take us on a whirlwind musical tour to celebrate the huge success of Scottish music in eighteenth-century London. The music of the Fife-born composer and cellist James Oswald takes centre stage – a hugely talented entrepreneur, he made a name for himself in London, and was appointed Chamber Composer to George III in 1761. The programme also showcases the rarely heard music of Scottish aristocrat Thomas Erskine (“Fiddler Tam”), as well as music by Italian composers like Barsanti and Geminiani, for whom Scottish music was the height of good taste. 

Ensemble Hesperi is a young and dynamic ensemble that has instantly won acclaim and won several prizes for its fresh and innovative programming. 

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