Peter and Bethany Seymour
Madness and torment!
Toll Gavel United Church, Beverley
Saturday 23 May (2015) 4:00pm
EVENT 8 4.00pm – c.5.00pm
Bethany Seymour soprano
Peter Seymour harpsichord
Madness was a recurrent preoccupation with 17th century dramatists and the extreme, colourful texts inspired Purcell, Blow and their contemporaries to some of their most intense and dramatic settings, exploring the ever widening boundaries of expression and emotion. The idea of freedom from the torment of love and of lost love is a recurring theme. A few decades later, Handel wrote some of his most expressive and dramatic music during his time in Italy from 1706. His great collection of Italian cantatas often deal with topics such as freedom from betrayal and injustice as well as the loss of the heart's liberty and life.
This programme promises a dramatic and emotional experience!
"Bethany Seymour's elaborate vocal decoration superbly sung will surely place her among Europe's leading Baroque sopranos” Yorkshire Post
Bethany was the NCEM's 2012 BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellow
For more information visit www.bethanyseymour.co.uk