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Concert: Henrietta Wayne and Friends
Wednesday 30th May 2012. 19.30
Please note change of date.
In aid of Leukaemia Research
Ticket Information: £15.00 Tel: 01983 740609
Henrietta Wayne (violin) and members of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will perform Bach A major sonata, Vivaldi’s Summer and some Handel. Also a couple of harpsichord solos to show off the rebuilt instrument.
|Sonata in E major op.1 no. 15||G.F.Handel|
|Aria "Vo' fa guerra"from Handel's Rinaldo||W.Babell|
|Sonata in A major BWV 1015||J..S. Bach|
|La Sylvia and Jupiter||A. Forqueray arr. J-J-B. Forqueray|
|Sonata no. V from Pieces de Clavecin en Sonates op.3||J. C. de Mondonville|
|Sonata in G major K.337||D.Scarlatti|
|Summer from The Four Seasons||A.Vivaldi arr. K.Glen|
Henrietta Wayne studied music at York University. It was there that she became interested in the baroque violin, studied with Ingrid Seifert and Catherine Mackintosh and founded the Amati Ensemble, a group specialising in the trio sonata repertoire.
Since moving to London, she has established herself as a busy freelance violinist and regular member of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Henrietta plays in the recently formed chamber group Kontrabande and is closely involved with The Buxtehude Project which aims to perform all of Buxtehude's church and chamber music over the next few years.
Recently, Henrietta has become involved with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's education programme and has worked in junior, secondary and special needs schools. In August 2000, she ran a day of Baroque Dance for the South Bank Centre as part of their 'Blazing' Festival. In 2002 she played with the orchestra in performances of Rodelinda and Fidelio under Christie and Rattle at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris and again at Glyndebourne during the summer in operas by Gluck and Weber.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
“For this remarkable ensemble, it’s all about the music.”
The Independent, 9 April 2009.
Just over two decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born.
And as this outfit with the funny name began to get a foothold, it made a promise to itself. It vowed to keep questioning, adapting and inventing as long as it lived. Playing on period-specific instruments became just one element of its quest for authenticity. Baroque and Classical music became just one strand of its repertoire. Every time the musical establishment thought it had a handle on what the OAE was all about, the ensemble pulled out another shocker: a Symphonie Fantastique here, some conductor-less Bach there. All the while, the orchestra’s players called the shots.
In the early days, it seemed a minor miracle. Ideas and talent were plentiful; money wasn’t. Somehow, the OAE survived to a year. Then to two. Then to five. It developed own-terms relationships with record labels, broadcasters and conductors. It crept into the opera house. It became the toast of the European touring circuit. It bagged a residency at London’s most prominent arts centre. It began, before long, to thrive.
Only then came the real challenge. Eccentric and naïve idealists the ensemble’s musicians were branded. And that they were determined to remain – despite growing relationships with the Glyndebourne festival, Virgin Records and the Southbank Centre. Mercifully, they remained just that. In the face of the industry’s big guns, the OAE kept its head. It got organised but remained experimentalist. It sustained its founding drive but welcomed new talent. It kept on exploring performance formats, rehearsal approaches and musical techniques. It examined instruments and repertoire with greater resolve. It kept true to its founding vow.
And in some small way, the OAE changed the classical music world for good. It challenged those distinguished partner organisations and brought the very best from them, too. Symphony and opera orchestras began to ask it for advice. Existing period instrument groups started to vary their conductors and repertoire. New ones popped up all over Europe and America.
And so the story continues, with ever more momentum and vision. The OAE’s recent series of nocturnal Night Shift performance have redefined concert parameters. The ensemble has formed the bedrock for some of Glyndebourne’s most groundbreaking recent productions. It travels as much abroad as to the UK regions: New York and Amsterdam court it, Birmingham and Bristol cherish it.
Remarkable people are behind it. Simon Rattle, the young conductor in whom the OAE placed so much of its initial trust, still cleaves to the ensemble. Iván Fischer, the visionary who punted some of his most individual musical ideas on the young orchestra, continues to challenge it. Mark Elder still mines for luminosity, shade and line. Vladimir Jurowski, the podium technician with an insatiable appetite for creative renewal, has drawn from it some of the most revelatory noises of recent years. All four share the title Principal Artist.
Of the instrumentalists, many remain from those brave first days; many have come since. All seem as eager and hungry as ever. They’re offered ever greater respect, but continue only to question themselves. Because still – and even as they moved into their beautiful new purpose-built home at Kings Place in 2009 – they pride themselves on sitting ever so slightly outside the box. They wouldn’t want it any other way.
© Andrew Mellor, 2011.