This list shows some of the Band’s most popular chamber music programmes. Of course, The Band is always happy to create a programme for your own special event.
All programmes can feature an illustrated pre-concert talk (given by BSB cellist and musicologist Tatty Theo) delving deeper into the history behind the pieces and its social and historical context.
Handel – friends, foes and flattery
Today Handel dominates any conversation about English musical life in the eighteenth century. But it wasn’t always the case. During his lifetime, Handel’s music was often overshadowed by that of native English composers, as well as fellow musical immigrants. Some of these characters, such as Veracini and Cervetto, were huge personalities; you’ll gain a strong sense of this through their sonatas in this programme. In addition, Royal patronage and political sensitivities all played their part in determining what was popular, as well as the need to write music for profit and for the burgeoning domestic music scene.
An imagined slice of weekly musical life in Leipzig, built around two of the city’s most illustrious musicians Bach and Telemann and its prime musical location, Zimmerman’s Kaffeehaus. Musical ideas and caffeine flow.
Margherita Durastanti – Handel’s Italian Muse
Durastanti’s connection with Handel extended for thirty years, in Italy and London. Margherita Durastanti – Handel’s Italian Muse is an all-Handel programme, featuring music first sung by Durastanti in Rome and then during her time in London, alongside instrumental works from the same period. The programme spans Handel’s informative early years in Rome to the height of his fame in 1730s London.
Signor Corelli’s Violin
Italy was at the centre of the baroque musical world, radiating innovations through Europe. Corelli’s fiery influence stemmed far and wide, determining virtuoso violin fireworks in Handel, Vivaldi and Leclair’s stunning trio sonatas.
From Leipzig to London
A fictional meeting between the two greatest musicians of the baroque era, contrasting Bach’s strict Lutheran Germany with Handel’s decadent London. This programme shows the enormous variety within each composer’s works; neither was limited by their working environment. Bach and Handel’s spirituality and joie de vivre combine, creating an unforgettable event.