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Purcell and Handel: Music for Great Occasions

Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra with Dan Auchincloss (tenor)
conducted by Peter Holman

Programme to include:
Henry Purcell – Te Deum and ‘Yorkshire Feast Song’
George Frideric Handel – ‘Eternal source of light divine’ a Birthday ode for Queen Ann.

Leeds Baroque bring together three great works by Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel written for great occasions in Restoration London. Handel’s ‘Eternal source of light divine’ (with the haunting opening solo, featured at the recent royal wedding) is a superb response to Purcell’s music, written for Queen Anne in 1713. Purcell’s Te Deum and Jubilate, first heard on St Cecilia’s day in 1694, was the work that kept his memory alive min the eighteenth century. Purcell’s Yorkshire Feast Song, written to entertain Yorkshiremen at a dinner in London in March 1690, is the greatest musical celebration of things Yorkshire.

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds

Tickets: £18 – advance
£20 – on the door
Free – students and under 16s

Pre-concert talk at 2.00pm
Dr Alan Howard
(Selwyn College, Cambridge)
As it was in the beginning’: Compositional Artifice in Purcell’s Te Deum and Jubilate in D

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