|Margarette Ashton, soprano
Peter Harrison, director/flute
Rachel Gray, violoncello
John Treherne, harpsichord
Founded by flautist Peter Harrison and harpsichordist John Treherne, Concert Royal's musicians have given concerts together for over forty years. 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.
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.
Jane Austen was a keen amateur musician with a large collection of music. Peter Harrison, Concert Royal's director, was given unique access to the archive and the programme includes songs and instrumental music drawn both from the collection and from related 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
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; nevertheless English composers produced work of charm and wit, well worthy of revival in the 21st century. Thomas Arne's familiar Shakespearian settings are contrasted with newly-discovered gems, the best of which have been assembled in this programme.
“a most satisfying and highly civilised evening”
- Canterbury Music Club
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
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
Concert Royal records exclusively for Georgian Recordings.
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
Classical Music for Flutes
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.
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. Five sonatas by English composers of music for the flute are 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 on instruments of the period - mellow boxwood flute, gut-strung 'cello and harpsichord.
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.ukContact: Peter Harrison, Director, Concert Royal, 1 Primrose Hill, High Catton, York YO41 1EE, UK Phone: (+44)(0)1759 373433
Hear 'The Highland Laddie' from 'Jane Austen's Musical England' on YouTube:
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