Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the primary sponsor of Ensemble Masques
With Support from: Bureau Export

St George’s Church

The Grand Tour

Ensemble Masques

Wednesday 15th May

St George’s Church,
Wash Common RG14 6NU
7.30pm (ends approx 9.20pm)





Olivier Fortin director


The Grand Tour was a fashionable way for young 18th Century aristocrats – mainly British – to broaden their minds.


To travel across Europe and gain exposure to its wide ranging views, ideas, art and customs, was considered a finishing element of a proper education.


Inspired by this tradition, French period instrument group Ensemble Masques offers a concert that transports the listener on a musical voyage with stops in the great cities of France, Italy and Germany, where works by Rameau, Couperin, Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann were performed.


Guided by the words of those very travellers, this program not only situates the music in its creative context, but also sheds new light on the period and places visited.




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