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Kitty Clive

Lucie Skeaping and musicologist Berta Joncus discuss 18th-century soprano Kitty Clive, who became London's top singer and comic actress.

Lucie Skeaping talks to musicologist Berta Joncus about the one of the 18th Century's colourful characters, the soprano Kitty Clive. Clive was born in London in the early 18th century, and rose to become London's top singer and comic actress, and a celebrity in her day. Berta Joncus is currently writing a book about Kitty Clive, and how she fascinated audiences for decades. The programme includes music she made famous, including Arne's 'Rule Britannia', and also music written for her by Handel.

First broadcast in January 2012.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Air: 'Mirth, admit me of thy crew' from 'L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato' (pastoral

    Performers: Claron McFadden (soprano), The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)

    • CDA 67283/4.
  • John Gay

    Now Ponder Well' from Act 1 of 'The Beggar's Opera

    Performers: Bronwen Mills (soprano), The Broadside Band, Jeremy Barlow (director)

    • CDA 66591/2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Was ever a Man possest' (adapted from the aria 'No, non temere, o bella' in the opera 'Ot

    Performers: Mary Bevan (soprano), Greg Tassell (tenor), L'Avventura London, Zak Ozmo (director)

    • ONCD 014.
  • Thomas Arne

    Rule, Britannia (from the masque 'Alfred')

    Performers: Catherine Bott (soprano), Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Psalmody, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (director)

    • CDA 67115.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'There were shepherds abiding in the field…' (from Part 1 of 'Messiah', London version, 17

    Performers: Elly Ameling (soprano), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    • DECCA.
    • 421 234-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'My Faith and Truth' (from Act 2 scene 2 of 'Samson')

    Performers: Lynda Russell (soprano), Lynne Dawson (soprano), The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • CORO.
    • COR 16008.
  • Thomas Arne

    When Daisies pied and violets blue

    Performers: Catherine Bott (soprano), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)

    • CDA 67450.
  • William Boyce

    Allegro from 'Ode for the King's Birthday'; 'Corydon and Miranda'

    Performers: Julia Gooding (soprano), Philippa Hyde (soprano), Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Timothy Kenworthy-Brown (countertenor), Christopher Lemmings (tenor), Andrew Dale-Forbes (bass), Michael Bundy (bass), Opera Restor’d, Peter Holman (director)

    • CDA 66935.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Excerpt from 'Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of Folly' (from Part 1 of 'L'Allegro, il

    Performers: Rachel Brown (flute), The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)

    • CDA 67283/4.