Concert Royal

'celebrating 40 years of early music making in 2014'

Concert Promoters' Group Selected Artists 2014-15

Concert Royal Margarette Ashton, soprano
Peter Harrison, director/flute
Rachel Gray, violoncello
John Treherne, harpsichord

Founded in 1974 by flautist Peter Harrison and harpsichordist John Treherne, Concert Royal celebrates forty years of early music making in 2014. Playing period instruments and performing in historically-informed style, Peter, John, soprano Margarette Ashton and 'cellist Rachel Gray recreate the elegant sound worlds of the baroque and classical eras.

Concert Royal presents unique performances of music from the eighteenth century drawing room in an entertaining and informative way. The ensemble has given hundreds of recitals in every corner of the UK, performing extensively for The National Trust, in festivals and for music and arts societies, in churches, schools and arts centres. Concert Royal has toured in Europe, the USA and for the British Council in South America.

Concert Royal

Programmes for 2014/15

40th Anniversary Programme: Under the Greenwood Tree

Creative activity flourished in Georgian England and today we enjoy the fruits of this artistic endeavour through the painting of Gainsborough, Chippendale's craftsmanship and the vision of Vanbrugh. The work of native musicians of the period has to some extent been overlooked but nevertheless English composers produced work of charm and wit, well worthy of revival in the 21st century. For almost 40 years Concert Royal's musicians have been researching, performing and promoting this rich musical heritage, the best of which has been assembled in this programme of surprising and delightful hidden gems.

Painting

Mostly Handel

From his arrival in London in 1712 until his death in 1759 Georg Frederik Handel was a dominant influence on musical life in England. His music continues to entertain and inspire and our programme includes a chamber version of the famous 'Musick for the Royal Fireworks' together with much-loved vocal works 'Oh! Had I Jubal's Lyre', 'Where'er you Walk', and 'As When the Dove'.

"It was easy to imagine sitting in the elegant drawing room of a stately home" - Curry Rivel Music Club

Jane Austen's Musical England

Jane Austen was a keen amateur musician with a large collection of music. Our programme includes songs and instrumental music drawn from Jane's collection and from contemporary sources. Brief extracts from letters and novels provide a fascinating glimpse into Jane Austen's musical world.

"The audience was transported into the elegance of the 18th century and the England of Jane Austen's time" - Horsham Music Circle

"a most satisfying and highly civilised evening" - Canterbury Music Club

Education Programme for children, families and primary schools

In this fast moving, interactive presentation Concert Royal's musicians share the simple pleasures of making music with their young audiences. The programme features flutes, recorders, 'cello and harpsichord in a wide variety of approachable popular music from Saint Saens' 'The Swan' to 'Greensleeves'.

"Many thanks for a wonderful concert. The children obviously enjoyed your playing, singing and musical activities" - Newton Abbot Primary School

Recordings

Concert Royal records exclusively for Georgian Recordings.

Full information about the ensemble's CDs and downloadable excerpts can be found at:

www.georgianrecordings.com

The Jane Austin Collection

The Jane Austen Collection

This CD features songs and instrumental music drawn from Jane Austen's own collection. Brief extracts from letters and novels provide a fascinating glimpse into Jane's musical world.

Margarette Ashton; soprano
Peter Harrison; flute
Rachel Gray; violoncello
John Treherne; square piano

Concerti from opus 9, Charles Avison

performed on historic instruments by The Georgian Concert (leader Simon Jones)

Charles Avison (1709-1770) was the most important and influential English composer of string concerti in the eighteenth century. This first recording of his music performed on historic instruments was widely and enthusiastically reviewed. 'This excellent recording was made in York. The music is well crafted and gets a sympathetic performance...ground well worth exploring' Music Opinion

Classical Music for Flutes

The 'London' Trios by Josef Haydn performed on historic instruments by Lesley Holliday and Peter Harrison, flutes and Rachel Gray, violoncello

Peter Harrison and Rachel Gray of Concert Royal teamed up with Lesley Holliday of The Galeazzi Ensemble to record this programme of early classical trios and duets, including Haydn's well-known 'London' Trios. Haydn wrote the trios during his second acclaimed concert tour in England in 1794.

Blow the Wind Southerly

A collection of 14 songs in Victorian parlour settings from the north east of England, interspersed with contemporary instrumental pieces. Favourite Tyneside songs The Keel Row, Bobby Shaftoe, Water of Tyne and Blow the Wind Southerly are contrasted with less-known pieces such as The Grace Darling Song, which tells the story of the heroic rescue in 1837. Newcastle-born soprano Margarette Ashton is accompanied on historic instruments, recapturing the sound world of the mid-nineteenth century.

Latest release…

The Georgian Flute

Although George Frederick Handel dominated the music scene in mid-eighteenth century England there were many talented native musicians producing fine distinctive works. For our latest recording we have chosen five sonatas by English composers of music for the flute, contrasted with solo tunes from the 'pocket books'. All of the music on the disc was researched in the British Library and is recorded here for the first time. Mellow boxwood flute, gut-strung 'cello and harpsichord recreate the musical sound world of Georgian England.

CDs can be ordered by e mail at £8.00 (incl. p+p), address below

Concert Royal supports the work of The National Centre for Early Music in York www.ncem.co.uk

Contact: Peter Harrison, Director, Concert Royal 72 Huntsmans Lane, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1ET, UK
Phone: (+44)(0)1759 373433
Email: music.ph@btinternet.com

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