Stour Music 2017
16 – 25 June 2017
Welcome to this year’s festival programme. As usual, there will be 10 concerts taking place over the last two weekends in June. However, there is one important change: this year our box office will be managed by The Gulbenkian at the University of Kent. Please look at the booking arrangements page for full details.
After a gap of six years, we are delighted that The Tallis Scholars will return to give our opening concert, celebrating the music of the 16th-century John Taverner and the 20th-century John Tavener. Robert Hollingworth’s I Fagiolini, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be giving a performance of Monteverdi’s ‘Other Vespers’ reconstructed from a collection of church music not contained in his famous 1610 Vespers, and published in 1640. They will be joined by the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, who will also be giving their own concert ‘Echoes of Venice’ the night before. The King’s Consort makes a welcome return, this time with large instrumental forces, to play all four of J S Bach’s Orchestral Suites, which include the famous ‘Air on the G string’ and the flute Badinerie showpiece from the Suite in B minor.
Groups making their first appearance at Stour Music include harpsichordist Medea Bindewald, playing on an original 1775 Kirkman instrument; Radio Antiqua, founded in The Hague in 2012, with a programme featuring ‘Forgotten Treasures of the German Baroque’; Courtiers of Grace with ‘The Lion and the Rose’, depicting the passionate and tragic love story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, and the young vocal ensemble Amici Voices, with a concert of ‘Music from the time of Agincourt’.
The traditional final Sunday afternoon Choral Concert this year will be a performance of Handel’s oratorio Samson, which contains some of the composer’s finest vocal music, including the famous soprano aria ‘Let the bright Seraphim’.