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Event 07: L’Avventura London

NCEM, York
Tuesday 10 December 7:30pm

Adults £18.00 | Concessions £16.00
Christmas by Candlelight

Please note that online booking for this event has now closed. Tickets are available from the Box office on 01904 658338 or on the door from one hour before the performance.

Christmas at the Monastery of Santa Cruz
Žak Ozmo director, archlute, baroque guitar
Joanna Lawrence violin
Natasha Kraemer cello, percussion
David Gordon, harpsichord
Taro Takeuchi theorbo, baroque guitar with
Sandra Medeiros, Joana Seara sopranos
Marta Gonçalves, flute
Aberto Sousa, tenor
Ricardo Panela, baritone

The Monastery of Santa Cruz at Coimbra was one of the major centres of Portuguese music during the 16th and 17th centuries. L'Avventura London will be presenting some of the most interesting, entertaining, and ravishingly beautiful villancicos and romances (passionate songs, both secular and sacred) along with related instrumental music, found in its archives. The programme will also include villancicos de negros, by many scholars considered to be written musical manifestations of the black Portuguese population, and characterized by captivating melodies and unusual syncopated rhythms. Many of these pieces call on the listener to express their joy of Christmas celebration by singing and dancing, and it is truly difficult to resist.

"terrifically animated, wonderful energy… gorgeous!” BBC Radio 3


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