2018 Festival

The 2018 Festival ran from 5-7 January 2018.

Return to the programme for the 2019 Festival

Friday 5 January

Joanna MacGregor - piano

LSO St Luke's

Tickets: £25 (£8 students, £5 under-18s)

A typically all-embracing programme from the ever-innovative and adventurous virtuoso, celebrating birds, ground basses and chaconnes.

Rameau – Le Rappel des oiseaux

Daquin – Le Coucou

Couperin – Le Rossignol-en-amour

Janáček – The Barn Owl has not flown away! (from On an Overgrown Path)

Messiaen – Le Rouge-gorge (Petites esquisses d’oiseaux)

Sir Harrison Birtwistle – Oockooing Bird

Couperin – Les Fauvétes plaintives

Messiaen – Le Merle noir (Petites esquisses d’oiseaux)

Hossein Alizâdeh – Call of the Birds

Couperin – Les Coucous Bénévoles, sous des dominos jaunes

Poglietti – Aria bizarre del Rossignolo: Imitatione del medesimo ucello

Rameau  – La Poule


Byrd – Hughe Ashton’s Ground

Philip Glass – Prophecies (from Koyaanisqatsi)

Philip Glass – Knee Play No. 4 (from Einstein on the Beach)

Purcell – Ground in C minor

Liszt – Prelude on Bach’s ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’

Pachelbel – Chaconne in F minor

Sofia Gubaidulina – Chaconne

‘One of the most exciting and enterprising pianists of the moment.’

The Observer

Saturday 6 January

Tabea Debus - recorder
Alex McCartney - theorbo

Saint James, Clerkenwell

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under-18s)

The highly regarded German recorder virtuoso mixes Telemann’s brilliant Solo Fantasias with complementary pieces specially commissioned from Colin Matthews, Laura Bowler and Fumiko Miyachi.


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Sonata in C Major (TWV41:C2, Der Getreue Music-Meister)

From: Der Getreue Music-Meister
Cantabile  – Allegro – Grave  – Vivace


Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
Sonata seconda – from: Troisième livre de sonates (Paris, 1740)

Andante e spicato – Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Aria “Kränkt micht nicht, ihr nassen Augen!” – from: Flavius Bertaridus, TWV 21:27*


Colin Mathews

Meditation (2017)

World premiere, commissioned by the City Music Foundation, London
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Fantasia per il Flauto senza Basso No. 12

Grave/Allegro/Grave/Allegro/Dolce/Allegro – Presto


Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (1580-1651)


Laura Bowler

TV Man (2017)

Commissioned by the City Music Foundation, London


Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (1580-1651)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Sinfonia, Adagio – from: BWV 156*

Sinfonia, Presto – from: BWV 35*


Fumiko Miyachi

Air (2017)

World premiere, commissioned by the City Music Foundation, London

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Fantasia per il Flauto senza Basso No. 5

Presto/Largo/Presto/Largo – Allegro – Allegro


George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)

“Sorge nel petto” – from: Rinaldo, HWV 7*

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Aria, Allegro “Fa pur Guerra” – from: Flavius Bertaridus, TWV 21:27*


*Music arranged for recorder and basso continuo by Tabea Debus


‘One of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world.’

Classic FM

Saturday 6 January

Paolo Pandolfo - viola da gamba

LSO St Luke's

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under-18s)

Charismatic viol virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo gives a solo recital embracing fantasies and popular dance-tunes of the 16th century, brushes with Bach, Telemann and the French Baroque, and Paolo’s own captivating 21st-century improvisations.

‘Paolo Pandolfo is a musician of touching humanity’


Saturday 6 January

The Marian Consort: 'Breaking the Rules'

Rory McCleery - musical director
Gerald Kyd - actor
Nicholas Renton - stage director
Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting - lighting design

LSO St Luke's

Tickets: £25 (£8 students, £5 under-18s)

A long-awaited first London performance for Clare Norburn’s acclaimed concert-drama exploring the last agonies of the 17th-century composer Carlo Gesualdo, who, having jealously murdered his wife and her lover, poured his pain into deeply and unconventionally expressive music of torture and regret.

‘Vivid and daring’

The Guardian

Saturday 6 January

Thomas Dunford - lute
Keyvan Chemirani - Persian percussion

LSO St Luke's

Tickets: £!5 (£8 students, £5 under-18s)

An inspirational meeting exploring the sounds shared by European Baroque and traditional Middle-Eastern musical worlds, as two highly talented improvising musicians juxtapose 16th-and 17th-century masters with Persian compositions of sublime virtuosity.

‘Hypnotic and soft on the ear.’

Planet Hugill

Sunday 7 January

O Duo - Family Workshop

LSO St Luke's

Tickets: £10 (£5 under-18s)

The irrepressible percussion duo leads a Baroque-based family participation event – fun for all!

‘Startling ... cheeky, but enchanting.’

The Scotsman

Sunday 7 January

Bjarte Eike - violin
Jon Balke - keyboards

LSO St Luke's

Tickets: £15 (£8 students, £5 under-18s)

A new collaboration between two of Norway’s most open-minded and exciting artists: Baroque violinist Bjarte Eike (known for his ‘alehouse sessions’ with his own group Barokksolistene) and Jon Balke, jazz pianist, composer and founder of the innovative Magnetic North Orchestra.

‘Authenticity of atmosphere and quiet ability to move ... one to lose yourself in.’


LSO St Luke’s

Saint James Clerkenwell


7 to 9 January 2021


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