Handel & Hendrix in London | Monday Matinee with The Portrait Players

Monday Matinee with The Portrait Players

Mon 2nd
Sept 2024
£15 Ticket

"Sooth’d to Pleasures"

This programme tells the story of some of Handel’s favourite soloists through the music he composed for them and the music they themselves composed. Featuring music written for or by cellist Andrea Caporale, oboeist Johann Ernst Galliard and singers Margherita Durastanti, Anna Maria la Strada, Élisabeth Duparc and John Beard.

The Portrait Players

The Portrait Players

Described as “beguiling”, The Portrait Players formed at the end of 2022 for a concert of Handel’s Cantatas and German Arias. Telling the stories of historical characters and influenced by the informality of 17th century salon culture, the trio aim to make historical performance relevant and inspiring to modern audiences.

In 2024, they look forward to expanding their programme ‘Les Femmes Illustres – The Female Genius’ with a contemporary commission on the poems of 16th century poet Louise Labè in collaboration with composer Clare Elton. The programme will place Labè’s uniquely passionate poetry alongside the poetry of 17th century Parisian salonnieres and songs composed for London’s singing-actresses who were newly permitted to perform on a public stage post restoration.

The trio are featured on the BREMF Live! Scheme for new ensembles, on the Live Music Now scheme and recently took part in the BBC Radio Three/NCEM/RCM New Generation Baroque Ensemble Development Day.

Performances so far have taken place at St. Martin-in-the-fields, Brighton Early Music Festival, St Bart’s Great Hall, Christchurch Chelsea, University College, Oxford, The Workshop Series, Lewes, and Milton Court Concert Hall. Upcoming dates include performances at Surrey Hills International Music Festival, Northumbria University and Amersham Festival