Known as the ‘English Orpheus’, Purcell brought together continental musical innovations with the English language, creating works capable of expressing romance, tragedy and comedy to an extent that remains unsurpassed.
With two singers and three instrumentalists, Ceruleo have devised a programme that runs the gamut of restoration English music, encompassing some of Purcell’s most famous pieces alongside his lesser known works and those by John Blow and John Eccles. The programme celebrates the first female stars of the English stage, the rich instrumental textures of the period and the Italian and French influences on this incredible music.
Miss W E Lawrence Charitable Settlement
Jenni Harper soprano
Emily Owen soprano
Toby Carr theorbo
Kate Conway viola da gamba
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord