Saturday 5th May 2018 at 7.30pm

St Edmund’s Church, Crickhowell NP8 1BB

Jessica Cale (soprano), Mark Chambers (countertenor)

Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) and Robert Davies (baritone)

Orchestra Festival Baroque Players

  • Vivaldi - Domine ad adjuvandum RV 593
  • Blow - Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day
  • Peri/Caccini - Eurydice (the birth of opera) - Excerpts

Make way, then, for those elite musical protagonists St Cecilia and  Orpheus, who reveal the extraordinary power their art can exert on both us and the Gods themselves.  Whilst the Ode for St Cecilia’s Day by Blow evokes music’s subtle emotional shades and revels in its sheer pleasure, the story of Orpheus takes everything to a different level, as Orpheus - Greek demi-god and lyre player extraordinaire - manages to thwart death itself.  His journey to the underworld was to inspire some of the very first operatic writing at the turn of the 16th century and the rest, as they say, is history!  Our excerpts from these dramas by Caccini and Peri are revelatory and offer a superb vehicle for our distinguished soloists to demonstrate the wonders of the human voice, but we kick start tonight’s affairs with a must-hear piece by Vivaldi, another of his fabulous, yet little known, choral works.  With its repeated pleas for divine assistance, it captures perfectly our festival theme, calling for the creative spark to inspire our singing!

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Crickhowell Music Festival Saturday evening concert

Event Location: St Edmund's Church , Church Lane , Crickhowell , Powys , NP8 1BB
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