This year’s Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music will see 13 events and concerts take place in London over a nine-day period in May.
The festival, in its 29th year, is celebrating nature with 2013’s theme, ’Tis Nature’s Voice. Nature writer and biologist Richard Mabey will lead the annual lecture, this year called ‘Music of This Sphere’, which will discuss the relationship between natural science and music in the Age of Enlightenment.
Gabrieli Consort & Players, led by Paul McCreesh, will open the festival on 10 May with a performance of Handel’s oratorio L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and The Imaginarium Ensemble will return to the Lufthansa Festival for the first time in 20 years with a concert of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Andreas Staier will make his first appearance at the festival with a solo harpsichord performance. Staier will present a programme of works from harpsichordists of the seventeenth-century, including Couperin, Froberger, J. C. F. Fischer, D’Anglebert and Muffat.
Also in attendance will be the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Florilegium, Ensemble La Fenice, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Le Jardin Secret and many other leading baroque performers.
The Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music will take place from 10 to 18 May 2013. General booking is open from 4 February.