Friday 11 September – Sunday 13 September 2020 
Festival Pass £30.00 (£10.00 Under 30)

You can still purchase a pass and watch the concert series online until midnight 27 September.

The National Centre for Early Music is pleased to be selling on behalf of Stour Music. As well as helping the musicians, each sale will also benefit the NCEM.

This is an online festival.  We will email you links to view the concerts just prior to the festival.

A long way from York and on the old pilgrim way between Canterbury and Ashford lies the small church of Boughton Aluph, home of an almost secret early music festival.  Stour Music was originally set up by countertenor Alfred Deller in the 1960s, then run by his son Mark and from 2020 by Robert Hollingworth.  The main event had to be cancelled this year but phoenix-like, we are appearing for the first time online, and filming three special concerts which will be available from September 11th – 28th.

Friday 11th September 8pm

An Adriatic Voyage

The Illyria Consort with The Marian Consort

17th-century music by Croatian and Italian composers

We start with a novelty: a rare chance to hear composers born on the Adriatic coast in present-day Croatia, whose early baroque works are seldom heard today. This area of the Mediterranean was part of the Venetian Republic, and it was common for its composers to further their studies (and find fame) by publishing their intriguing and virtuosic works across the Adriatic in Italy. In a programme devised by Croatian-born Bojan Čičić, enjoy composers such as Ioannis Lucacich de Sebenico, Gabrielo Puliti and Vicentio Jelich whose vocal works will be juxtaposed with instrumental works by Venice-based composers, Usper, Kapsberger, Bassano, and Rossi.

Saturday 12th September 8pm

JS Bach: Two Cello Suites
Jonathan Manson cello

With short preludes by Vitali and D.Gabrielli

When JS Bach set out to pen the first unaccompanied dance suites ever written for the fashionable new violoncello, he could not have imagined that they would become some of the most celebrated music of the whole century. In this perfect balm to a summer of worry, Jonathan Manson explores the contrast between the brooding melancholy of the second suite in D minor and the majestic brilliance of the third suite in C major.

Sunday 13th September 5pm

Music for a While
Purcell songs and instrumental music

Academy of Ancient Music strings, guitars, theorbos, keyboards

Anna Dennis  soprano
Hugo Hymas  tenor
Frederick Long  bass
Robert Hollingworth  director

Three of the most engaging character singers of Purcell ravish the ear as only Purcell can. The sensual textures and harmonies of ‘Oh fair Cedaria’ and the catchy ‘She loves and she confesses too’ (bass-line borrowed from Monteverdi) are wound around foot-tapping hornpipes from The Fairy Queen and devastatingly powerful instrumental movements such as ‘Soft Music’ and ‘Dance of the Furies’. An apocalyptic cantata for thundering bass sits alongside a naughty song, and from Purcell’s Odes and Theatre Music, magical ground-bass arias such as ‘Music for a while’

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Event Date: 27/09/2020 8:00 pm

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