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London Festival of Baroque Music 11-19 May
Thu, 5th Apr 2018

London Festival of Baroque Music from 11-19 May. Under the leadership of Guest Artistic
Director, Sébastien Daucé, the Festival crosses the Channel to concentrate on an immersive exploration of the music of the French Baroque - ‘Treasures of the Grand Siècle’.

This year there are 22 events over 9 days bringing together leading artists such as Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre, La Nuova Musica with Iestyn Davies, Capriccio Stravagente with Skip Sempé, Doulce Mémoire and Dennis Rasin Dadre and Sébastien Daucé’s own group, Ensemble Correspondances.

Grand statements include Charpentier’s Te Deum in Westminster Abbey (15 May, 7pm) and the UK premiere of Le Concert Royal de la Nuit with Ensemble Correspondances (19 May, 7.30pm), representing the event that saw Louis XIV emerge as the Sun King. There will be the birth of the French Baroque in Claude Le Jeune’s Le Printemps (18 May, 7.15pm)and the transition to the classical when Iestyn Davies takes the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (13 May, 7pm). Le Poème Harmonique explores the influence of the Orient on the French Court (11 May 7.30pm) and the Festival features a collaboration between Indian classical musicians and French Baroque specialists in Paris-Madras (12 May 9.45pm).

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