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Reviews round-up

Fri 5 Jun 2009

A selection of recent reviews:

23 April, The Night Shift, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Guardian

5 May, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Middle Temple Hall
Time Out
Evening Standard

15 May, Bonduca, Kings Place
The Times

20 May, Romantic Connections, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical Source

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The aftershow

Fri 15 May 2009

Last night was the second evening of our week of events Henry George Jospeh Felix at Kings Place, and it also saw the first Aftershow. This is a new idea whereby after the main concert the audience are able to enjoy a short informal performance in the bar afterwards. For this event Double Bassist Chi-chi Nwanouku and ‘cellist Richard Tunnicliffe played Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass and also treated us to a special arrangement of the aria voi che sapete from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. A good crowd stayed for the event, and there will be another Aftershow after this evening’s 9pm concert of Bonduca when Soprano Elizabeth Weisberg and Alto Timothy Travers Brown will be joined by harpsichordist Steven Devine for a short performance of songs by Purcell.

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Bonduca sneak peak

Thu 14 May 2009

We snatched a few admittedly very poor quality pics from this mornings rehearsal of Bonduca at Kings Place . Check out the tree-like thing centre stage!

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Henry's Boadicea again

Fri 8 May 2009

In a quick update to the below – here are a couple of clips from Purcell’s Bonduca.

To Arms

Sing, sing, ye druids

Clips © Decca

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Henry's Boadicea

Wed 6 May 2009

Next week we have a week of performances coming up at our Kings Place Headquarters, our first public performances there since our concerts as part of the opening festival last Autumn. A definite highlight will be Henry Purcell’s Bonduca (or Boadicea). One of the last things he wrote, the music was written for the play of the same name, and as you might expect it concerns Queen Boadicea. Indeed, the plays subtitle is The British Heroine. We’ll be performing Henry Purcell’s music alongside excerpts from the play, in a performance which has been put together by OAE violnist Roy Mowatt. Alongside the Orchestra and Choir of the Enlightenment there will be a cast of actors and the whole performance will be directed by Pia Furtardo, who recently worked with director Katie Mitchell on ENO’s After Dido. It should be a pretty special evening!

We asked Roy a few questions about the piece:

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