Baroque at the Edge

Imagine if Bach was a jazzman, Purcell a folk-fiddler and Monteverdi a minimalist ...

Baroque at the Edge invites leading musicians from all backgrounds to take the music of the baroque and see where it leads them. No rules, no programme notes, no lectures: all you need to know is how to listen.

Save with the Baroque at the Edge Festival Pass, giving you access to all six of the concerts across the weekend for just £75. (Excludes access to family workshop and talk)

Friday 4 January 7.30-9.30pm
David Greilsammer
The Israeli pianist brings together for us two composers who in their own ways were most definitely ‘at the edge’: the baroque keyboard magician that was Domenico Scarlatti, and the 20th-century innovator John Cage.

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Saturday 5 January 1pm-2pm
Elicia Silverstein

The exciting young American violinist, admired for her bold and impassioned playing, explores the connections between baroque and contemporary in works by Bach, Biber, Berio and Sciarrino.

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Saturday 5 January 3-4pm
Bach Walks
In 1705 the 20-year-old Bach walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck
to meet his hero Buxtehude. Fiona Talkington talks to presenter/writer Horatio Clare and producer Lindsay Kemp about Horatio’s new book on BBC Radio 3’s recent re-imagining of that journey.

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Saturday 5 January 4.30-5.30pm
Liam Byrne
From sound installations at the V&A to appearing with Damon Albarn on Later with Jools Holland, Liam is one of the leading experimental acoustic/electronic forces in early music today. Expect anything, anyhow, from Marais to Muhly.

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Saturday 5 January 7-8.50pm

Ceruleo: 'Burying the Dead'
Written specially for the London-based baroque ensemble Ceruleo, Clare Norburn’s latest concert-drama takes us back to 1695 and inside the fevered head of English music’s great genius Henry Purcell.

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Saturday 5 January 9.30-10.30pm
Nora Fischer & Mike Fentross
The versatile Amsterdam-based singer brings her genre-defying skills to the music of the 17th century, sculpting intimate and exquisite re-imaginings of works by Purcell, Peri, Monteverdi and others.

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Sunday 6 January 10-11.30am

Family Folksinging Workshop
Join singer and choir director Sally Davies for an inspiring English
folksong workshop. Along with her daughter Holly Cullen Davies, she will soon have you singing songs Purcell would have known.

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Sunday 6 January 12.30-2pm
Dipper Malkin with Nick Hennessey
Combining John Dipper’s 14-string viola d’amore, Dave Malkin’s finely honed guitar and vocals and storyteller Nick Hennessey’s passion for reinventing tradition, the sophistication of Purcell meets the soul of English folk.