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Emily Owen and Jenni Harper sopranos
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord
Kate Conway viola da gamba
Toby Carr theorbo, guitar
Niall Ashdown as Henry Purcell

Clare Norburn script
Thomas Guthrie director

An imaginative piece of music theatre taking the audience on a journey around 17th-century London as composer Henry Purcell reviews his all too short life. He reflects on two major events that transformed the city of London – the Great Plague and the Great Fire – as well as his relationships with his wife and other women.

Supported by The Behrens Foundation
the GEMMA Classical Music Trust

Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5

All works by Henry Purcell (1659–1695) unless otherwise indicated
Overture Abdelazar
Slow Air The Virtuous Wife
Curtain Tune Timon of Athens (extract)
What can we poor females do
I attempt from Love’s sickness to fly
From rosy bowers (extract)
Entrance of Night The Fairy Queen
Bess of Bedlam
What a sad fate is mine (extract)
Two daughters King Arthur
Wilt thou forgive that sin (extract) Pelham Humphryes 1647–1674
Prelude and Hornpipe The Fairy Queen
Make room for the great God of Wine Dioclesian
Rondo Abdelazar
A Dialogue between Two Wives The Canterbury Guests
She loves and she confesses too
Sellenger’s Round John Playford 1623–1686/7
Fear no danger Dido and Aeneas (extract)
My dearest, my fairest Pausanius (extract)
O dive custos
Thy hand Belinda… When I am laid in earth Dido and Aeneas