Baroque setting for concert

Heidi Fardell of Fiori Musicali
Heidi Fardell of Fiori Musicali
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There’s a splendid baroque setting for a performance of early music by the region’s premier professional early music ensemble on Friday, October 31.

Fiori Musicali are performing music by Vivaldi and Handel in Stowe School’s State Music Room at 7.30pm.

Fiori are one of the UK’s principal providers of classical and early music concerts outside London.

Founder and director Penelope Rapson said the State Music Room is just the type of venue where Handel’s music would have been played in his day.

Dr Rapson said:“We are looking forward to this concert enormously.

“It’s great to be able to showcase some really outstanding performers and to have the opportunity to visit Stowe.

“The music we’ll be performing is perfect for such a fine venue with its excellent acoustic.

“The composer G.F. Handel was tremendously popular with the public when he came to England in the early 18th century.

“He effectively became an adopted Englishman, and this is just the kind of building his music was heard in.”

In Fiori’s team for this concert will be charismatic cellist Poppy Walshaw, who is well known on the international circuit for her distinctive baroque cello playing.

She will be performing music by Geminiani – an Italian composer who also made his home in this country.

Amanda Babington and Heidi Fardell will be playing dazzling music for recorders, violin, cello and harpsichord by some of the baroque era’s most flamboyant composers, including Vivaldi and Corelli

The concert will be directed by Penelope Rapson, who will also give an introduction.

Tickets £20/£15. Call the box office on 01327 360931.