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Academy of Ancient Music with Carolyn Sampson

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‘Where words leave off, music begins’: a celebration of the mastery of English composers from Dowland to Arne and their setting of words to music.

Carolyn Sampson reveals the diversity of her artistry, opening with Dowland’s stark and spare In darkness let me dwell and ending on a rousing and roistering note as our Britannia of song. This range is matched in plaintive and playful orchestral music including a performance of Handel’s frolicsome Cuckoo and Nightingale organ concerto by Music Director Richard Egarr.

6.30pm Free pre-concert talk
Free to ticket-holders


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Watch: The Cuckoo and the Nightingale

Richard Egarr performs an excerpt from Handel's Organ Concerto 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'. In this extract the cuckoo sings its distinctive song...


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Watch: The Cuckoo and the Nightingale

Richard Egarr plays Handel's Organ Concerto 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'. In this excerpt the nightingale sings its sweet song...


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