Baroque greats celebrated by band of early music experts at St Mary’s in Warwick

Soprano Nicki Kennedy will sing with the Brook Street Band
Soprano Nicki Kennedy will sing with the Brook Street Band

Early music played on baroque instruments comes to Warwick next week.

The Brook Street Band perform at St Mary’s church on Tuesday March 14.

The ensemble takes it name from the street in Mayfair where the composer Handel lived for over thirty years and his house is now the Handel Museum. Directed by cellist Tatty Theo, the band has two violinists and a harpsichord player and will be joined by soprano Nicki Kennedy and Simon Desbrulais on trumpet. for its programme, called Triumph over Tragedy,

The evening will feature music by three great names from the baroque period – Telemann, who provides a Trumpet Concerto, Bach, a trio sonata and the famous cantata Jauchzet Gott and Handel, his cantata La Lucrezia, a trio sonata and to end the programme, the well known aria Let the Bright Seraphim from his oratorio Samson.

The event is the last of a season of early music concerts organised by Leamington Music. Festival director Richard Phillips said: “All the visiting musicians have said how much they like performing in St Mary’s Church. The nave had to be rebuilt after the Fire of Warwick in 1694 and was completed by 1705. That means that much of this programme is contemporary with the building and it may explain why this baroque music feels so right in that setting.”

Call 01926 334418 to book.