7th October 2017, 7.30pm

Linlithgow Academy Theatre

Travels With Telemann

Tickets: Full £12, Students £6 

In Telemann’s 250th anniversary year, we celebrate this charismatic and well-travelled composer who made a life’s work from publishing and transmitting music for the ‘pleasure of the people’. Inspired by Telemann’s own entertaining autobiography, we re-create the vibrant musical scene of his day, exploring his lively friendships with both Handel and the Bach family and the rich cultural mix of music they shared: French suites, Italian sonatas, and a helping of music for the theatre.

Passacaglia is a UK-based professional ensemble specialising in music from the baroque era, played in authentic style on recorders, flutes, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. They are always keen to share their passion, instrumental skills and knowledge of the music of the baroque age, as they discover and recreate music from this most lavish, intimate and extravagant of musical periods – making for a truly intoxicating concert experience!

‘The best historically informed performances and recordings recreate the spirit as well as the sound of the music, and the now well-established group Passacaglia do just that, combining the two to make a performance of irrepressible joy - Gramophone

Telemann - TrioSonata in C major from Der Getrue Music-Meister

JS Bach - French Suite in A minor BVW 818a

Telemann - Duo in D minor op2/5

Telemann - Trio Sonata for Recorder and Viola de Gamba in F major from Essercizii Musici

Bach CPE - Sonata in E minor Wq 124 for flute and harpsichord

R de Visee - Prelude, Masquerade and Minuette

Handel GF - Rinaldo (excerpts arranged for recorders and continuo)

 


Annabel Knight – Baroque flute and Recorders;

Louise Bradbury – Recorders;

Henrick Persson – Viola da Gamba;

Robin Bigwood – Harpsichord;

Taro Takeuchi – Archlute and Baroque Guitar.

Passacaglia’s repertoire encompasses music by all the greatest composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries including JS Bach, Handel, Rameau, Couperin, Telemann and Vivaldi – and a good helping of music by lesser-known (but equally interesting and significant!) composers.

They are always keen to share their passion, instrumental skills and knowledge of the music of the baroque age, as they discover and recreate music from this most lavish, intimate and extravagant of musical periods – making for a truly intoxicating concert experience!

Passacaglia are proud to be one of the UK’s most long-lived early music ensembles, playing for appreciative audiences since the early 1990s. Their performing history includes venues ranging from Brighton Pavilion to London’s Wigmore Hall, entertaining music lovers live from Limerick to Chicago.

They have also enjoyed performing over the airwaves many times, with multiple broadcasts and recordings for the BBC over the years, as well as a series of CD recordings for Linn Records, Naxos and more recently for their very own in-house label, BCR.

Audiences have said that they not only enjoy the highest quality of music making at the concerts, but also the obvious pleasure that the performers take in performing together as an ensemble. For Passacaglia, historically informed performance is the clear starting point, but the excitement of musical communication is at the real heart of every performance.

‘They have played together for many years now… and there is an effortlessness about the sound – no matter which combination of instruments is involved, there is never a sense of one striving to take the lead: rather the voices balance one another… finely crafted performances from a star line-up’
Early Music Review

Annabel Knight (recorders, flutes) has established a successful performing and teaching career as a recorder player and historical flautist, which has taken her across the UK, Europe and America. She has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank and many radio broadcasts and CD recordings, notably with Passacaglia, and the recorder quintet Fontanella. Annabel KnightIn 2010 she released a solo disc of music by Gordon Jacob on the Naxos label, in collaboration with the Maggini String Quartet, Fontanella and harpsichordist/pianist Robin Bigwood. Annabel enjoys teaching at all levels and has been a syllabus consultant for both the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall examinations boards. She is the founder and director of the popular Woodhouse Recorder Week and is currently head of recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire. Annabel can also be heard playing on film soundtracks including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Fantastic Mr Fox.

 

Louise Bradbury enjoys a rich and varied career as a performer and educationalist, for which she has been elected an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music. With Fontanella and Passacaglia, Louise has enjoyed the privilege of performing, broadcasting and recording in some of the UK and Europe’s leading venues and festivals. Louise’s desire to encourage young recorder players has led to her teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire, several universities and the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She currently teaches at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex and is in demand as an adjudicator and examiner.Louise Bradbury With her husband, Louise is a director of Little Notes Music, an award-winning education programme for young families. She is also the proud mother of three daughters.

 

Henrik Persson

Born in Stockholm, Henrik moved to England to study cello at the Birmingham Conservatoire. After completing his Bmus Hons degree, he undertook a postgraduate performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied baroque and classical cello with Jennifer Ward-Clarke and viola da gamba with the late Richard Campbell.  
Henrik currently enjoys a rich and varied freelance career, most notably as first continuo player for Philip Pickett's two groups New London Consort and Musicians of the Globe with whom he regularly tours throughout the UK and Europe. He is also a regular with Florilegium, the Musical and Amicable Society, with whom he also appears as a soloist, and for the Blackdowns Early Music Projects. Henrik was first continuo player for La Nuova Musica from 2007 to 2010 and a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2002-03.  Henrik Persson
He is a founding member of Ensemble Shudi, specialising in 17th and 18th Century chamber music repertoire and the Constanze Quartet, exploring string quartets from the late 18th and early 19th Century.  
Other work has also included groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Concert, the New Dutch Academy and Ensemble Severin in the Netherlands, continuo opera work for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, and the Spanish ensembles Anima e Corpo and Xiacona.  
Henrik teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire and privately. Previously he was also viol consort teacher at the Royal Academy of Music from 2004-07.

 

Taro Takeuchi was born in Kyoto, Japan. After completing his degrees in law and music in Tokyo, he studied early music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He now lives in London and he has been in great demand as a soloist and ensemble player. Taro has toured most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the USA and Japan.Taro TakeuchiAs a continuo player he has worked with The English Concert, The Royal Opera House, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Berlin Philharmonic, as well as Sir Simon Rattle, Rachel Podger and Nigel Kennedy. He has made numerous recordings for Deux-Elles, EMI, Hyperion Records, Harmonia Mundi, the BBC and others. His solo recordings Folias!The Century That Shaped the Guitar and Affectuoso: Virtuoso Guitar Music from the 18th Century were received with critical acclaim and high praise.  

 

Robin Bigwood (harpsichord, organ) won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1995 and has since developed a successful freelance career combining solo recitals, chamber music and accompaniment. Robin BigwoodRobin is a member of Feinstein Ensemble, and also recently worked with The Sixteen, London Baroque, Florilegium and Britten Sinfonia. He plays with harpsichordist Carolyn Gibley in the duo Cembalo Doppio. In addition to his interest in early music, Robin is an experienced sound engineer and producer – he writes a monthly column in Europe’s premier recording magazine, Sound on Sound, and founded the record label BCR.