VoxBox: Henry Purcell
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£6 over 60s, under 18s
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VoxBox: Our Orpheus Britannicus – Celebrating the Songs of Henry Purcell
Students from the Vocal & Operatic Department, and Historical Performance Departments
Director Christopher Bucknall
This concert celebrates the music of Henry Purcell, arguably the finest master of setting the English language in song. The extraordinary two-volume compendium of songs, Orpheus Britannicus, was published by his widow, Frances, in 1698 and 1702, and contains works from his odes, stage works and operas.
We also mark the donation to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of an original copy of Orpheus Britannicus, which will be on display this evening, and an original English spinet which will be played in the concert.
Running time approx. one hour and 45 minutes, including interval.