More Amours: 29 January 2022

Can it be Spring already? No, but the Erasmus Chamber Choir will nevertheless be continuing its unseasonable exploration of love madrigals at 7pm on Saturday 29 January 2022 at St John the Evangelist Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN.

The programme, directed by Roger Lilley, will comprise French chansons and English madrigals of love, courtly and otherwise, including well-known favourites as well as rarely performed works.

Free entry, retiring collection. All welcome.

Performers

Director: Roger Lilley

Sopranos: Elise Jones, Hilary Spanos

Alto: Howard Jones

Tenor: Will Hale

Bass: Mark Wainwright

Roger Lilley has accompanied singers in the Cambridge area for the past 30 years. A choral scholar at Christ Church Oxford more years ago than he can remember, he has taken his own singing more seriously in recent years and performed solo recitals of Purcell and early 20th century English songs. While teaching at Milton Road Primary, he wrote and performed many works for children, including a musical, the Pattern of Willows. He is deputy organist at St John’s Hills Road and has sung with Erasmus numerous times.

Amours: Lunchtime Recital, 6 November 2021

We return to Lunchtime Recitals at St Clement’s Church for the second time this season with a programme of French chansons and English madrigals of love, courtly and… otherwise, including favourites like Passereau’s Il est bel et bon and Morley’s Now is the month of maying as well as rarely-performed gems.

Free entry, retiring collection. All welcome, no booking needed; face coverings are requested inside the church.

Programme

All Creatures NowJohn Bennet (c.1575 – after 1614)

Dainty Fine BirdOrlando Gibbons (1683 – 1625)

Flora Gave MeJohn Wilbye (1574 – 1638)

Mille RegretzJosquin des Prez (c.1450 -1521)

Francion vint l’autre jourPierre Bonnet (fl. 1585)

Tant que vivraiClaudin de Sermisy (1490- 1562)

Il est bel et bonPierre Passereau (1509 – 1553)

Come, gentle swainsMichael Cavendish (c.1565 – 1628)

Sweet honey-sucking beesJohn Wilbye

Mother I will have a husbandThomas Vautor (1571 – 1638)

Weep, weep, mine eyesJohn Wilbye

Now is the month of mayingThomas Morley (1558 – 1603)

Silver SwanOrlando Gibbons

Fair Phyllis I sawJohn Farmer (c.1565 – c.1620)

Performers

Director: Roger Lilley

Sopranos: Elise Jones, Hilary Spanos

Alto: Howard Jones

Tenor: Will Hale

Bass: Mark Wainwright

Roger Lilley has accompanied singers in the Cambridge area for the past 30 years. A choral scholar at Christ Church Oxford more years ago than he can remember, he has taken his own singing more seriously in recent years and performed solo recitals of Purcell and early 20th century English songs. While teaching at Milton Road Primary, he wrote and performed many works for children, including a musical, the Pattern of Willows. He is deputy organist at St John’s Hills Road and has sung with Erasmus numerous times.

Sweet Stillness, Gentle Source: lunchtime recital, 9 October 2021

We’re delighted to announce our first indoor public recital since March 2020: Sweet Stillness, Gentle Source at 1pm on Saturday 9 October 2021 as part of Lunchtime Recitals at St Clement’s Church, Bridge St., Cambridge. The programme, directed from the harpsichord by Dan Tidhar, explores Baroque music for soloists, from Venetian and Milanese beginnings to the masters Handel and Telemann.

Free entry, retiring collection. All welcome, no booking needed; face coverings are requested inside the church.

Programme

Sonata seconda à Sopran solo, from Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo – D. Castello (1602-1631)

Adiuro vos, filiae HierusalemG. P. Cima (1570-1630)

Sonata Prima à Sopran Solo, from Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo – D. Castello

Exulta Filia (1626) – C. Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Sonata in A major for violin and continuo, Op. 1, No. 3, HWV 361 – G. F. Handel (1685-1759)

Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle, from Nine German Arias HWV 205 – G. F. Handel

In den angenehmen Büschen, from Nine German Arias HWV 205 – G. F. Handel

Overture in G TWV 32:13 – G.P. Telemann (1681-1767)

Auf ehernen Mauern, cantata TWV 1:96 – G.P. Telemann

Performers

A lifelong lover of bass lines, Talitha Annan (continuo cello) studied double bass with Anthony van Kampen, and at the Royal College of Music with Peter Buckoke. Her bass playing has taken her to America, Salzburg, Rome and London, but she is now happily settled in Cambridge, enjoying playing a beautiful cello made by local artist Celia James.

Ellen Jameson (recorder) studied in the United States with Han Tol, Eva Legêne and Michael McCraw, minoring in Early Music Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington. She has performed with the Concentus Ensemble, Vox Reflexa, and the National Symphony Orchestra, and locally with the Maestral Ensemble, the Erasmus Ensemble, the Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble, and Cambridge University Collegium Musicum.

Dan Tidhar (harpsichord and director) studied harpsichord with Mitzi Meyerson in Berlin and Ketil Haugsand in Cologne. Since coming to Cambridge as a postdoctoral researcher he has been combining a busy performance schedule with teaching and research. Dan is the Historic Keyboard Advisor of the Music Faculty, Research Associate at Wolfson College and Life Member of Clare Hall.

Penny Veryard (baroque violin) is a professional viola player, playing with many of the period instrument groups based in London. In Cambridge she is well known as a player and teacher. She is also co-founder of Cambridge Baroque and runs the Quartet Club of Cambridge. For this recital she is playing a baroque violin made by local luthier, Jonathan Woolston.

Choral soprano and soloist Catherine White began singing in her local choral societies and church choir and then, whilst studying chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge, was a member of Selwyn then Trinity college chapel choirs. Following six years as a soprano in Trinity, Catherine now must balance singing in as many concerts as possible with two very young, demanding daughters, whom she is training in audience etiquette as quickly as she can!

Erasmus summer music 2021, and autumn season

Having spent the summer exploring and developing new material, we gave our first semi-public performance since March 2020 in a large private garden on 11 September, comprising Baroque sonatas and cantatas, and will be giving two lunchtime recitals this autumn at St Clement’s Church, Cambridge. See Concerts for dates and details.

Meanwhile, here are some photos from our mostly outdoor sessions over summer 2021. Yes, the harpsichord did just about tolerate being outdoors for a performance, though rehearsing outside with strings and recorders on a slightly damp evening was somewhat bizarre…

With thanks to Dan Tidhar, Stephen Lawrence and Roger Lilley for directing projects, our generous hosts, everyone who came to watch, and last but not least to those who provided all the cake.

Photos: Michelle Rigozzi (Cantatas and Sonatas, dir. Dan Tidhar) and Talitha Annan (Early Consort Music, dir. Stephen Lawrence).