Vivaldi and Handel's music heads to Great Brington

Judit Felszeghy
Judit Felszeghy

The church at Great Brington will come alive to baroque music by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Handel this weekend.

Fiori Musicali present the concert taking place on Saturday October 6 with soprano Judit Felszeghy appearing alongside the ensemble's chamber orchestra.

Judit will be singing Vivaldi’s rarely heard Laudate Pueri – a virtuoso piece that highlights her amazing vocal skills. She will also be singing music by Handel – the greatest musical genius in England during the early 18th century, and a composer always popular with audiences. In the programme will be arias from Handel’s great operas Alcina and Giulio Cesare, both written for the London stage in the 1720s.

Fiori’s concerts often see familiar musical masterpieces rubbing shoulders with rarer musical gems. And the Great Brington programme will be no exception with music by the German composer Fasch – one of Handel’s continental contemporaries. For this piece Fiori will be featuring star oboe players Gail Hennessy and Anthony Robson, who join forces with baroque bassoonist Sally Holman to play his concerto for oboe, bassoon and strings.

Fiori Musicali are specialists in performing classical and early music, and play on authentic instruments - the kind that would have been familiar to Vivaldi and Handel.

Penelope Rapson, Fiori's director, said: "The unique sound of the baroque oboe is a specially warm sound and perfect for the fine acoustic of St Mary’s, Great Brington. We are hugely looking forward to performing here.”

Leading the orchestra on this occasion will be Pauline Nobes, former leader of The Academy Of Ancient Music. Penelope added: “Fiori are always delighted to welcome Pauline. She brings such warmth and skill to her performances.”

To hear this concert you can get tickets online or by calling Ticket Source on 0333 666 3366. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for the concert cost £20 (£15 restricted view) and are available from www.fiori-musicali.com. Discounted tickets are available for children, students, unemployed and blue badge.