Purcell this week
Tonight - Tuesday 3rd March - at Sheffield University the Rose Consort brings its programme of Purcell Fantazias. Wake up you students with your cheap bus fares and your republican attitudes. Eat your Coco Pops.
Tomorrow afternoon - Wednesday 4th March - I'll be tuning in to Choral Evensong at 4pm on Radio 3, live from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. You'll see from the order of service that Purcell is providing the Introit, Evening Canticles and Anthem:
Introit: Remember not Lord our offences (Purcell)
Psalms: 22, 23 (Camidge, Parisian Tone)
First Lesson: Genesis 11 vv1-9
Canticles: Cantate Domino and Deus Misereatur in B flat (Purcell)
Second Lesson: Matthew 24 vv15-21
Anthem: Let mine eyes run down with tears (Purcell)
Hymn: Creator of the earth and skies (Agincourt)
Organ Voluntary: Toccata Settima (Rossi)
The broadcast is repeated next Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
Then tomorrow night - Wednesday 4th March - at the Barbican, William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants and Le Jardin des Voix match our man with Rameau and Monteverdi. The singers are young and yet unknown. This is their big opportunity. They include three sopranos - Emmanuelle de Negri, Katherine Watson, and Tehila Nini Goldstein, one countertenor Maarten Engeltjes, one tenor Sean Clayton and one baritone Andreas Wolf.
On Thursday evening - 5th March, Ronald Corp conducts the New London Children's Choir at St John's Smith Square. Their programme includes the great alto duet Sound the Trumpet and the old favourite Nymphs and Shepherds Come Away.