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Academy of Ancient Music

Academy of Ancient Music

Mon 1 January 0001 - Sat 14 March 2020
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall)

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Academy of Ancient Music
Chad Kelly – director, harpsichord and organ
Alison Balsom – trumpet
Soraya Mafi​ – soprano

Purcell – Sound the Trumpet (from Masque of Hymen) Listen
Galuppi – Alla tromba della Fama Listen
Handel – Concerto Grosso Op 1, No 1 Listen
Handel – Eternal Source of Light Divine Listen
Handel – Oboe Concerto (arr tpt) in Bb Listen
Venturini – Sonata Grosso Op 1, No 9 Listen
Purcell – Sound the Trumpet (arr Come Ye Sons of Art) Listen
Torelli – Trumpet Concerto in D Listen
Handel – Concerto Grosso Op 3, No 6 Listen
Handel – Let the Bright Seraphim Listen
Bach – Cantata: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen Listen

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by George Kennaway.

Award-winning trumpeter Alison Balsom takes centre stage in performances of Purcell’s muchloved
Sound the Trumpet – originally written for two voices mimicking trumpets, Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto in D, and Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim, also featuring soprano Soraya Mafi.

Performing with Alison is the internationally acclaimed early music ensemble, the Academy of Ancient Music. This specialist ensemble takes inspiration directly from the composers, using historic techniques and period instruments which bring this music to life in their vibrant performances.


A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(prices include 6% booking fee) 

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