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Autumn / Winter 2019

at Heath Street Baptist Church, NW3 1DN


Our first baroquestock autumn concert of 2019 starts with the end of 18th Century in Salzburg. On one side of the town the young Mozart is writing a septet divertimento for his sister's name day, and on the other side is Luigi Gatti, the official Kappelmaister (and therefore considered much more important than the Mozart fam), busy producing masses and all sorts of celebration music for his 'boss', Archbishop Colleredo. But he still finds time to create some really very peculiar chamber music for the talented musicians of the court orchestra. In Gatti's Sextet you'll be able to hear very demanding parts written for cor angais and cello!

Our concert will also include two opera arias arranged for small ensemble and sung by our friend and wonderful mezzo-soprano Emily Gray. And apparently it's not just us who think she's incredible:

One performer stood out as already knowing how to use her dramatic and vocal skills to the utmost: mezzo-soprano Emily Gray (Ottavia).

The Guardian & Observer, July 2017


So around this time in Salzburg, when an opera was successful, publishers and young composers would be ready to produce arrangements of the "best bits". In this way the music could be circulated among small courts, amateur musicians, provincial theatres...fortunately/unfortunately they didn't recordings back then. We aim to make this as a "tradition" of our concerts, and give you the best bits, just like the chocolate balls.

Enjoy the concert with our special baroquestock hot chocolate which will be available at the Apothecary bar(open from 5pm), as well as amazing homemade cakes, of course. 🙂

Luigi Gatti - Sextet in Eb major for violin, viola, cello, cor anglais, bassoon & bass

F. J. Haydn - Deh soccorri un infelice Clelia's aria from l'infedelta' premiata

W. A.Mozart - batti batti bel Masetto from Don Giovanni

(arranged for small ensemble and mezzo soprano)

W. A. Mozart - Divertimento K251 for 2 violins, viola, bass, oboe and 2 horns

Istante Collective

Mezzo-soprano - Emily Gray

Violins - Gabi Mass, Sophia Prodanova

Viola - Cecile Ross

Cello - Alex Rolton

Bass - John-Henry Baker

Oboe - Nicola Barbagli

Bassoon - Catriona McDermid

Horns - Dave Horwich, Daniel de Souza

Standard Tickets - £12

Advance tickets (Online only) - £10

Students: £5 (door only, with Student ID 🙂

Doors open 5pm with Food and Drinks, Music from 6pm

Baroquestock cafe will be serving:

From 5.30pm onwards, and in the interval:


Hot 'Gatti' chocolate

After the concert:
Our classic focaccia
The Apothecary Bar will also  be serving a selection of craft beer from St Mary's Brewery and wines throughout from 5.30pm and throughout the evening. 



music by Telemann, Purcell, Couperin, Mateis, Barsanti.

Musicians have always travelled, and they always will!

Composers music has always travelled as well (especially after printing music became a business!)

 Fidelio Cafe in Farringdon [EC1R 5BX]

The title of our first #NewBachAbel concert is taken from Nicola Mateis's Airs for the Violin - a collection of airs, dances and suites that overlap Italian, French and English musical tastes. Mateis was a highly regarded violin virtuoso, and travelled from Naples to London where he was described as second only to Corelli. 

We will also meet Francesco Barsanti, another Italian composer who went even further than London, reaching Edinburgh in 1735, where he published a set of Old Scot's Tunes – traditional melodies to which he added his own bass-lines. In order to be *super authentic*, we thought we would bring some musicians down from Scotland - Lucia, David and Laszlo will be coming especially!

There were also some composers who didn’t travel much and sometimes the music didn’t get further than the desk they were scribbled down on, and also some cases where the music didreach the public…but under a different name than that of the composer. Was this simply a form of celebrity endorsement and product branding? After all, if music published under the name of a famous composer is good for business, does it matter who actually wrote it?

Come to hear an evening of ‘bizzarrie’, gossip, and wonderful forgotten music. 

Our programme will include:
N.Mateis - Selection from airs for the violin
N.Barsanti - Selection from Old Scotch Tunes
G.Ph.Telemann - Triosonata in C Minor TWV 42:c2
French Suites of Philidor and Dornel 
More music by Vivaldi/Chedeville

Istante Collective
Nicola Barbagli || oboe, recorder
László Rózsa || recorders
Lucia Capellaro || cello/gamba
David Gerrard || harpsichord


at Red Door Cafe, Greenwich [SE10 9JA]

SERIO e FACETO presents 

Le Astuzie Femminili 

(Feminine Wiles)

Voice - Irene Biancalani

Accordion - Nicola Barbagli

Have you ever travelled to countries and found that you couldn't understand a single word of the local language? We hope you have! This isn't just because meeting different people is great, but also because it's definitely a musical experience. As you slowly move further from your mother-tongue everything is based more and more on sensation, a new sound world is created and interpretation becomes... basically, total guesswork!

But! If you allow yourself to be led by feelings, sound itself will become your understanding, as the story itself is recounted in 'sound'.  In this new context, which may well feel confusing, your senses will be highly active and you might discover magical sounds - magical stories! - that you have never heard before.  By the end of the evening (maybe with the help of a glass of wine) you'll be able to speak and sing in...Polish? Italian? Neapolitan? Russian?

Come and discover the musical journey to Russia of a young Neapolitan composer, Domenico Cimarosa, and how music can be everybody's language!

We take the name of our show (and perhaps more?) from Cimarosa's first Opera when he came home to Naples, which was premiered on 26th august 1794...

Doors open 7pm

Music from 8pm

Standard Tickets - £7

Advance tickets (Online only) - £5

Students: £5 (door only, with Student ID 🙂



at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead [NW3 1DN]

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London Haydn Quartet

We're very excited to welcome back the London Haydn Quartet to the intimate settings of Heath St Baptist Church for an all-Haydn string quartet feast.

Haydn String Quartets:

- Op 76 No. 1 in G -

- Op 76 No. 6 in E flat -

- Op 76 No 5. in D -

Violin - Catherine Manson, Michael Gurevich || Viola - John Crockatt || Cello - Jonathan Manson

Doors & The Apothecary Bar open from 7pm, Music from 7.30pm. The Apothecary Bar will serve drinks and home-made Haydn-focaccia before and after the concert!

Standard Tickets - £12

Advance tickets (Online only) - £10

Students: £5 (door only, with Student ID 🙂

One of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets, The London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn. they have received invitations to many of the most important concert series in UK, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. The London Haydn Quartet’s series of recordings of Haydn’s quartets on the Hyperion label (the op 9, op 17, op 20, op 33, op 50, op 54/55 and op 64 quartets to date) have met with international critical acclaim.

The quartet has given recitals of all-Haydn programmes at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Cheltenham Festival, Utrecht Festival, Bath Mozartfest, Klara Festival the Granada International Festival and at Haydn festivals in Esterhazy, Lincoln and Lyon and the English Haydn Festival.

The musicians imbued both works with myriad details of shading and contrast, and beautifully calibrated phrasing

New York Times, January 2014

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at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead [NW3 1DN]

The Carnival Band love performing with Carnival Choirs and would like to invite you to join them for A Carnival of Carols for a special December concert. There are no auditions and the choirs are open to all. Each choir will have a one-day workshop led by Andy Watts at which singers will learn arrangements in four-part harmony from the band's extensive repertoire of festive music. You will be able to download sheet music and recordings to help you learn your part, and on the day of the concert there will be a final rehearsal with The Carnival Band.

As in 2017, Maddy Prior will not be joining us, so the choir will take centre stage and sing about half the items in the concert.

On-line support for Choir members will be given access to downloads of sheet music and mp3 sound files to help them prepare for the concert. Printed music booklets will be given at the workshop. All materials are included in the price.

The number of places is limited to 40 in each choir so early application is recommended. We reserve the right to balance the choir by limiting the number of singers on each voice part.

Cost of combined workshop and concert ticket is £50 (under 19s £25). Please note, choir members are required to sing in the concert and must attend the whole of the workshop day. They must attend the whole three-hour rehearsal on the day of the concert

Workshop: Saturday 16th November 10.00am - 4.00pm

Rehearsal: Saturday 14th December 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Concert: Saturday 14th December 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm (est. finish)

All events take place at Heath Street Baptist Church.


Fidelio Cafe in Farringdon [EC1R 5BX]

music by Lebrun, Druvshesky, Mozart, Haydn, Giardini

Our second concert of this series will feature a mini-history of the oboe around the second half of the eighteenth century, telling the stories of oboe virtuosi of the time.  Some were constant travellers, others court musicians, some were charlatans and others were able promoters of their own compositions as well as being famous teachers.

We start with Friedrich Ramm, court oboist in Munich, who inspired Mozart to write the KV370 quartet in 1781. Then we move to Jiri Druvshesky, who was not just a timpanist and oboist but also a J.S.Bach scholar long before Mendelssohn "rediscovered" Bach's Passions. Istante Collective will bring those unconventional divas back to life for an evening.

Programme will include music and stories form:

Lebrun - Trios op.2 n.3

Stamitz - Quartet op.8n.4

Georg Drushetzky - Quartet in G minor on "B.A.C.H." name

Mozart -  Quartet K370

Giardini - Quartetto op.25 n.3

Bochsa - Quartet n.2 in D minor

Istante Collective

Oboe - Nicola Barbagli

Violin - Naomi Burrel

Viola - Elitsa Bogdanova

Cello - Gavin Kibble


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at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead [NW3 1DN]

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A concert of 17th century music from the court, theatre and tavern. From the sorrowful Pavans of Matthew Locke and sumptuous sonorities of Henry Purcell, to tunes by celebrated violinists of the day: Nicola Matteis, John Eccles and superstar Italian - Corelli. Also...Solos for baroque guitar and viola da gamba and sprinklings of the best stories and gossip from circa 1680.

Saraband are joined by their very own Thesp, Rob Maskell - still smelling of greasepaint from his run in 'Fiddler on the Roof' - to take us into the world of the 17th  century theatre and tavern with stories and songs by the greatest wits of the age, including the famous scurvy poet, Tom D'Urfey.

Violin - Henrietta Wayne & Sarah Bealby-Wright,

Viola de Gamba & Cello - Kate Conway

Theorbo & Guitar - David Miller

Robert Maskell - Actor/ Balladmonger

Standard Tickets - £12

Advance tickets (Online only) - £10

Students: £5 (door only, with Student ID 🙂

Doors open 5pm, Music from 6pm

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at Red Door Cafe, Greenwich [SE10 9JA]

Flauti d’echo explores the huge variety of colours that emerge when one musical line traces in the exact footsteps of another. With playful mirroring, haunting reflections and virtuosic imitations, the programme will include the music of J.S. Bach, Purcell and Uccellini.

Music to include:

W.A.Mozart - Spiegelkanon (K3.284dd; K.Anh.10.16)

Henry Purcell - Chaconne ‘Two in One Upon a Ground’

Marco Uccellini ñ Aria Sopra la Bergamasca

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre - PrÈlude

G.P. Telemann ñ Canon MÈlodieux

Formed by recorder players Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes, Flauti díecho create repertoire for the recorder through their own arrangements of fifteenth-eighteenth century music and new commissions. The ensemble engages a variety of different instrumentalists on a project-to-project basis that allows them to communicate their wide range of repertoire to audiences in multiple performance settings. Flauti d’echo were participants of the BREMF Live! Scheme 2017-18 and won the Nancy Nuttal Early Music Prize for Chamber music in 2016. They are the ‘Take Note’ ensemble for Chiltern Arts Festival 2019.

For this special concert you can choose from one of three show times. Each show will last 45mins-1hr. Tea/Coffee will be served until 7pm, and alcohol will be available at all three shows)

The Early Show (kid-friendly!)- 4pm

The Middle Show (less kid-friendly) - 6pm

The Late Show (adult-friendly)- 8pm

Standard Tickets - £7

Advance tickets (Online only) - £5

Students/kids: £3 (door only, with Student ID 🙂

at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead [NW3 1DN]

A Carnival of Carols

Seasonal music from one of the UKís best-loved earlymusic/folk bands. From Medieval England to ële jazz coolí via Latin rhythms and Cajun beats, The Carnival Band blend the spirit of Christmas with the spirit of celebration the world over to create a delicious Yuletide cocktail. These four musical explorers, well-known for their recordings with Maddy Prior, perform here in their own right playing a cornucopia of instruments and delighting with rich vocal harmony. Their music includes traditional carols such as I

Saw Three Shipsand The Boarís Headand new compositions ranging from the reflective (Bright Evening Star) to the comic (The Lighthouse Keeperís Christmas). The perfect start to the festive season. Suitable for all ages.

Andy Watts - flemish bagpipes, shawm, recorders, clarinet, curtal, melodica, vocals

Giles Lewin - fiddle, shawm, medieval bagpipes, recorders, vocals

Jub Davis - double bass, vocals

Steno Vitale - cittern, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals

Doors open 7pm, Music from 7.30pm

The Apothecary Bar will serve hot snacks & drinks

Tickets £15 / £12 concessions from and on the door

Fb: TheCarnivalBandEngland

T: MaddyAndTheCB

An entirely enjoyable evening

The Guardian

The band is terrific

Lancashire Evening Post


Fidelio Cafe in Farringdon [EC1R 5BX]

NewBachAbel Concert Series #3

London 1762: Bach & Abel's first concert

music by Abel, J.C.Bach, Mozart, Haydn

Johan Christian Bach

Quartet in C major W.B 58,

Quartet in A major W.B 59

Quartet in D major W.B 62

Carl Friedrich Abel

Quartet in F major WK 225

Istante Collective

Flute - Falvia Hirte

Oboe - Nicola Barbagli

Violin - Holly Harman

Viola - Cecile Ross

Cello - Harry Buckoke


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Baroquestock 2019: Fine Lines

Jonathan Williams - Conductor

Dardanus - Ed Saklatvala
Iphise - Susan Jiwey
Antenor - Ashley Mercer
Teucer / Ismenor - Peter Brooke
Une Phyrigienne - Katy Thomson
Venus - Bea Acland

Our opening night is a special collaboration with OperaVera: a concert performance of Rameau’s rarely performed opera. Step back in time 280 years for a feast of Rameau’s orchestral colour and Greek mythology in a special concert performance of the work. Embrace the french style with crêpe-in-hand. (and yes, you’re allowed to bring crêpes into the church)

7pm - Pre-Concert Talk with Dr.Alessandra Palidda
7.30pm - Concert performance of Dardanus

£15 / £12 concessions (OAPs)


Our first classical programme of the festival offers a two juicy masterpieces. We're delighted to welcome back the brilliant conductor John Andrews and also to have the Minerva Consort as our first choir to join us at Baroquestock.
Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante was,we think,written by Mozart. It’s authenticity has been subject of academic debate for decades. It’s clear that Mozart wanted everyone to think that it was written by him, but there are many similar pieces written for different instruments around the same time, and with no autographic of the piece it’s impossible to know the truth for sure. Anyway, we perform here the ‘commonly agreed’ version and ask you to decide for yourself. 
Michael Haydn’s Requiem is probably his biggest hit. Officially he composed it for the funeral of the archbishop of Salzburg in January 1772, however we have reason to believe it was inspired by the death of his own daughter a year earlier. This mass setting is not so little, with a 10-piece orchestra and a 40 strong choir, it promises to be reflective, emotional, and truly epic. Finished off with a classic digestif-dessert from Michael’s mother. 
Soloists for Sinfonia Concertante:
Nicola Barbagli - oboe
Katherine Spencer - clarinet
Dave Horwich - horn
Inga Maria Klaucke - bassoon


• W.A.Mozart - Sinfonia concertante K297b for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and orchestra •

• Michael Haydn Requiem •

6.30pm - Doors Open

7pm - Pre-concert Talk with Dr.Alessandra Palidda (Free to all concert ticket holders)

7.30pm - Concert

£10 / £8 concs (online only)
Our Sunday special combo of Bach and BBQs returns. As usual we play the cantata in the morning church service and again as part of a concert/meat feast from 5.30pm. The cantata - You Shepherd of Israel, hear! - is written specifically for the second Sunday after Easter. You will also hear the first of our Zelenka Marathon series where we play all six of Zelenka's sonatas.
Patrick Ayrton - Conducting from harpsichord
6pm concert 
Bach cantata BWV104
Zelenka sonata n.1
£10 / £8 (online only)
Please note, as well as the evening concert performance the cantata will be featured in the 11am service at the church, to which anyone is welcome and of course is not ticketed. 

We invite you to catch at least two of Zelenka’s sonatas in this lunchtime concert special. This is part of the weekly lunchtime concert series which carries on almost every week throughout the year at the church. Free entry with retiring collection, no tickets necessary.


Zelenka Sonatas No.3, No.4 & No.6


Our mid-week concert features a triple-bill, including two groups playing music both far older and newer than our usual baroque/classical sound worlds:
The Telling present Women Mystics at Twilight: the mesmerising music of medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen and haunting medieval music from England with poetry by local poet Sarah Law inspired by Hildegard and English mystics Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich (and her imagined conversation with Sufi mystic and poet Rumi).
Sarah Law  poet | Clare Norburn  soprano | Ariane Prussner  mezzo & medieval harp    
— Zelenka Sonata Marathon #3 [ISTAnteCollective] — 
 Ensemble Airborne Extended join us from Austria where they are part of the prestigious Austrian NASOM program. They have commissioned several pieces which all retain at least one element of the western baroque/classical tradition, but explore different sound worlds of electro-acoustic contemporary music. Includes a world premier by Ioannis Papadopoulos. 
Elena Gabbrielli Flutes |Sonja Leipold Harpsichord/Keyboard
Caroline Mayrhofer Recorders/Paetzold| Tina Žerdin Harp
£10 / £8 concs (online only)
In this double bill we explore the finer lines between the oral traditions of folk musicks and compositions attributed to particular composers. Musicians often travelled extensively, and in doing so picked up melodies and musical ideas from far and wide, yet publicised and sold their compositions on the basis that they were the rightful owners. 
“Stories mixed with the music insired by the folk traditions they had."
Special guests Freithoff Ensemble join us from Norway to present baroque music which is certainly virtuosic and original, yet is very difficult to know where this came from exactly - perhaps it was Norwegian first, or Scandinavian first, or maybe it travelled up from somewhere else entirely…We continue with our resident ensemble exploring the fine line between the musical backgrounds of European travellers meeting the folk dance traditions which they encountered. Using some of the original compositinos as well as famous historical dance collections such as Playford, Vikers as well as Swedish dance. Featuring a wide range of instruments from Mandolin in Naples to Nickeharp in Sweden. 
Ensemble Freithoff:
Caroline Eidsten Dahl - Recorder
Christiane Eidsten Dahl - Violin
Kate Conway - Cello
Jadran Duncumb - Theorbo and guitar
Nicola Barbagli - accordion - recorders , oboe and arrangments
John-Henry Baker - double bass and percussion
Joanna Lawrence - violin
Gabi Maas - violin and Nickelharpe
Cherry Forbes- oboes, recorders
Andy Watss - basson, recorders
Richard Tuncliffe - Cello and Mandolin
£10 / £8 concs (online only)