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Music ‘A la mode’: Entertainments for an English Gentleman with Passacaglia at the Church Stretton Arts Festival

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  • Date: Thu, Aug 15, 2019
  • Venue: Church Stretton School
  • Location: Church Stretton School 63A Shrewsbury Rd, Church Stretton SY6 6EX
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Music ‘A la mode’
Gillian Keith joins acclaimed chamber ensemble ‘Passacaglia‘ for a delightful programme of 18th century songs and airs.

Entertainments for an English Gentleman
The eighteenth century saw a rapid rise in ‘genteel’ music-making in England, fuelled both by an easy availability of sheet music and a new fashion for amateur instrument playing. Popular arias from London’s opera houses and pleasure gardens were eagerly re-created in the domestic setting, whilst the larger country houses could play host to some of the famous musicians of the day. Passacaglia’s programme includes small-scale music by both native and ‘adopted’ English composers (including Arne, Handel and Geminiani), together with a helping of music in the highly fashionable Scottish folk style.