Thursday 19 November 2015 7:30PM

The English Concert; Harry Bicket director, harpsichord; Iestyn Davies countertenor; Andreas Scholl countertenor

Purcell, Blow and Jenkins

Additional notes

Change of programme
The programme for the above concert has changed slightly and will now be as listed below.


  • The English Concert
  • Harry Bicket director, harpsichord
  • Iestyn Davies countertenor
  • Andreas Scholl countertenor

Rousing airs, laments, theatre tunes and bold songs of welcome and farewell provide exceptional material for Iestyn Davies and Andreas Scholl to explore.

The two great countertenors, consummate experts in the interpretation of the works of Purcell and his contemporaries, share the stage with The English Concert in a programme guaranteed to move the spirit and stir strong passions.

  • Supported by the Season Patrons who have made a major contribution to the 2015/16 Wigmore Series
  • Henry Purcell: A Retrospective is made possible thanks to all our contributors to the Wigmore Hall Endowment Fund, whose purpose is to help fund important artistic projects.
  • Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)
      • Love's goddess sure was blind Z331
        • Many such days may she behold
        • Sweetness of Nature and true wit
      • Now Does the Glorious Day Appear (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday) Z332
        • By beauteous softness mixed with majesty
  • John Blow (1648-1708)
        • Sonata in A major
  • Henry Purcell
        • Strike the viol, touch the lute Z323
        • Sound the trumpet Z323
  • John Jenkins (1592-1678)
        • Fantasia a 3
  • John Blow
        • No, Lesbia, no, you ask in vain (The Queen's Epicedium)
  • Henry Purcell
        • Music for a while Z583
        • O dive custos Auriacae domus (Ode on the death of Queen Mary) Z504
  • Interval
  • Henry Purcell
      • Sound the trumpet, beat the drum Z335
        • Symphony
        • Let Caesar and Urania live
        • Chaconne
      • King Arthur Z628
        • Prelude and Aria: What power art thou
        • Fairest Isle
      • The Fairy Queen Z629
        • Let the fifes, and the clarions
        • Sonata in G minor Z780
        • Now that the sun hath veiled his light (An Evening Hymn on a Ground) Z193
  • Encore
  • John Blow
        • Paratum cor meum
  • Henry Purcell
        • Sound the trumpet Z323

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