05.11.13 7.30pm, The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP; £14; £11.90 (concessions)
For their programme Baroque and Roll: Toe Tapping Tunes of the 18th Century, Northern Baroque is joined by guest artist, soprano and baroque dance expert Frauke Jürgensen.
In the baroque period, many musical forms were inspired by contemporaneous dance types. These relationships often went beyond simple matters of rhythm, tempo, and form, to evoke the complex associations of dance with affect, rhetoric, and even socio-political connotations. This concert explores the relationship between dance and music by juxtaposing theatrical dances with instrumental and operatic numbers based on the same dance types. The programme includes both unfamiliar numbers and some of the “greatest hits” of the baroque, presented in a slightly different light.
Northern Baroque was founded in 2003 by core members Amanda Babington (violin and recorders), Claire Babington (cello) and Cait Walker (oboe and recorders) as a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of 18th century music on authentic instruments. In collaboration with eminent harpsichordist David Francis, the members of the ensemble have managed to retain their commitment to chamber music despite their busy freelance performing careers in the UK and abroad. The ensemble’s historically-informed approach to the interpretation of music from this period feeds naturally into a strong educational interest and they give regular concerts and workshops in performance practice at the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester and Aberdeen University. Over the years their success has led to requests for them to provide music for choirs and so Northern Baroque has developed the flexibility that enables it to perform works involving larger forces, such as Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Israel in Egypt, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and St John Passion and Vivaldi’s Gloria.