Musical look at Georgian England

Musica Donum Dei will perform instrumental and vocal music from the early 17th to the mid-18th centuries when they are the guests at the latest concert to be organised by Matlock Music.

The concert is to be staged on Friday, November 11, in the Wheeldon Hall at Highfields School’s Lumsdale site.

Musica Donum Dei are known for their unusual and accessible performances. They use readings and dramatisations alongside the music to evoke the spirit of the age in lively and imaginative ways. Members of the ensemble are involved in historical research to revive unjustly neglected works.

In their Matlock concert, they will be performing Handel in the Strand and other visitors to London, a varied and humorous programme bringing alive the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Georgian England.

It features tuneful cantatas and a flute solo by Handel, songs by Pepusch and De Fesch written for the Marylebone Gardens, a harpsichord solo by Dieupart, and a cello sonata by Bononcini. Readings illustrate the transformation of English attitudes to foreigners, from suspicion to admiration.

The group includes Diane Terry (baroque violin), Wendy Hancock (baroque flute and recorders), Michael Sanderson (baritone voice and baroque violin), Michael Overbury (harpsichord and organ) and Julia Black (early violin, viola and viola d’amore).

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the door before the concert at £10. Under-18s, students and registered jobseekers pay half-price.

All seats are unreserved. There is ample parking at the school. Further information is available from Anne Oldfield on 01629 733296 or from the website www.matlockmusic.org.uk.