An evening with Adrian Butterfield
Jean-Marie Leclair was the first great violinist of France who combined French elegance with Italian virtuosity whilst Bach pioneered the duo sonata allowing the harpsichord to be at least an equal partner with the violin. Violin superstar, Adrian Butterfield explores this exciting combination.
This is a truly unique experience, as the most sought after artists on the international circuit join us to play historic instruments in our beautiful 18th century spaces.
Adrian Butterfield has been Associate Musical Director of the London Handel Festival for over 20 years. He and Silas Wollston are members of the London Handel Players, an ensemble which has performed at the Handel Hendrix House several times, and they have performed across the world specialising in the works of Handel and his contemporaries for many years. They have recently recorded violin sonatas by Bach and Leclair which have received excellent reviews.
Silas Wollston was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, where John Scott encouraged him to studied the organ. He was awarded the organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, studying musicology at the university and composition with Robin Holloway. As a harpsichordist, he was a pupil of Jill Severs at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and of Frédérick Haas at the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels.
From 1999 to 2016 he was a member of the English Baroque Soloists, playing a major role in John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach cantata cycle in 2000 as a soloist and a continuo player. He is a member of the London Handel Players, the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and the 17th-century chamber ensemble In Echo. He also plays regularly with the viol consort Fretwork and has duo partnerships with Adrian Butterfield and cornettist Gawain Glenton (The Myth of Venice on Delphian).
He is a council member of the Handel Institute and has published research on the string music of Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell, and on Handel’s compositional process.