Les characters de la danse, Emmanuel United Reform Church, Cambridge

Performers include Ricardo Barros dancer, Philip Thorby recorder & bass viol, Gail Hennessy oboe & recorder, Judy Tarling violin, Mark Caudle bass viol & bass violin, Peter Holman harpsichord.

Members of The Parley of Instruments perform instrumental works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Baptiste Lully, André Campra, Jean-Féry Rebel and François Couperin. The programme includes a rare oboe concerto by Bonaventure Gilles, Couperin’s La Sultane, and Rebel’s Les Caractères de la Danse – a miniature ballet conceived for dancing. Much of this repertory uses the sumptuous string scoring of violin, three violas and bass violin much favoured at the court of Louis XIV, as well as obbligato recorders and oboe. The elegance of the music will be matched by the dancing of Baroque specialist Ricardo Barros.

This is part of The Parley of Instruments’ summer course Le grand siècle, the Baroque week of the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, 31 July – 7 August 2011.
Tickets: £22, £17, available from Selene Mills, Cambridge Early Music, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ, United Kingdom, or from the Box Office.

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