YBS, Carmelite Vespers – York Minster, 5th July

Mhairi Lawson, Bethany Seymour – Sopranos
Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Bach Choir presents this Italian programme for the opening concert in the York Early Music Festival.

Italy at the start of the 18th century was the place to digest the latest compositional forms and performance styles, so it comes as no surprise that in 1706 the 21-year-old Handel’s insatiable passion for learning took him from Germany to Rome. There he met, performed with and no doubt learnt from musicians such as Corelli, Pasquini, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, and quite possibly Caldara too, as well as making influential friends at the aristocratic arts clubs that were the Arcadian Academies.
Our opening concert presents extracts from music Handel provided for a Carmelite Vespers service for the feast of the Madonna del Carmine in July 1707 including the famous Dixit Dominus, along with another of the latest fashions of the time – a Corelli concerto grosso – and spectacular motets both large and small.
 This concert is dedicated to the memory of Sir Marcus Worsley – President of York Early Music Festival 1981 to 1999.
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