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’Tis Nature’s Voice: Hail! Bright Cecilia

Academy of Ancient Music

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‘Tis nature’s voice! The Academy of Ancient Music take Henry Purcell’s Ode to Saint Cecilia as the starting point for a musical journey through the whole of creation.

Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and in London, in 1692 and at the height of his power and popularity, Henry Purcell composed this exuberant, blossoming hymn to music – an art that he saw as nothing less than the voice of nature itself.

That’s just the centrepiece of a concert inspired by Purcell’s vision, a world where creativity holds the universe together and all music – from a soldier’s pipe to the choirs of Heaven – is part of a cosmic harmony. Purcell’s music has a special place in AAM’s story: directed by Laurence Cummings, it’ll sound livelier and more joyous than ever.

This performance will finish at approximately 9.20pm, including a 20-minute interval

Pre-concert talk

6.30pm, Milton Court Concert Hall


Milton Court Concert Hall