Location: Maidment Hall, Shrewsbury School
Mary-Jannet Leith - recorders; Magdalena Loth-Hill - baroque violin; Florence Petit - baroque cello; Thomas Allery - harpsichord; with Kathleen Gilbert - highland dancer.
Featuring excerpts from leading Scottish composer James Oswald’s incredible collection of 'Airs for the Seasons', arrangements of Scots Tunes by Geminiani, Barsanti and William McGibbon, and virtuosic trio sonatas by the many Italians who were popular in eighteenth century Scotland, including Sammartini, Barsanti, and Corelli plus the eccentric Scottish aristocrat, the Earl of Kellie.
Award-winning and dynamic period instrumental group Ensemble Hesperi’s unique project showcases the infectious charm and dazzling virtuosity of Scottish Baroque music linked to its roots in Highland dance. Distinctive for its folk influences, soaring melodies and catchy Celtic rhythms, the music of 18th century Scotland has timeless appeal, its ‘fusion’ style inspired both by Italian Baroque fashions and traditional music and dance. Bringing the dance elements to life, the ensemble is joined by international Highland dancer Kathleen Gilbert with special new choreography.
Growing out of the duo of Thomas & Mary-Jannet (doing Masters at RCM & contributing to the Historical Performance dept), the group have been featured by Classical Music Magazine and Classic FM and are selected as Britten Pears Young Artists for 2020. All work with the well-known established early music groups and have appointments at London’s RCM, the Academy and Oxford University. Mary-Jannet is currently completing a PhD on Scottish musical culture in London (1688-1815).
Highland Dance Workshop
Learn a simple dance accompanied by live music
Pre-concert talk: 6.45pm
“Ensemble Hesperi’s dazzling and stylish performance of these attractive works was captivating, and their presentation of this remarkable repertoire gives a real insight into this hitherto neglected area of the musical world.” The Scotsman
“Shining with their obvious rapport and infectious enjoyment, ‘classical’ concert goers as well as dance and folk lovers will be inspired by this programme steeped in the iconic heritage of Scotland.” Telegraph