TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR THIS EVENING.
Do join us at St Mary's at about 7pm to purchase yours and be part of our 2016 Summer Festival Finale!
Festival Finale Concert: Oz and Armonico Drink to Music
.... bring this year’s music and arts extravaganza to a final flourish by treating festival-goers to a four-course musical entertainment with wine expert and former choral singer Oz Clarke and members of leading baroque ensemble Armonico Consort. In this year’s summer finale Oz and Armonico Drink to Music, in which tales of drunkenness, gluttony and misfortune abound, investigate the spurious links between wine from around the world and the music from the Baroque from Bach, Purcell and Vivaldi to the dance music of South America.
The programme has been devised by Armonico Consort’s Artistic Director, Christopher Monks, and Oz Clarke. Presented in a relaxed, cabaret style, Oz and Armonico will take the audience through a four-course musical menu, packed with stories, anecdotes and musical interludes, with opportunities for a little wine tasting along the way.
Christopher Monks, Artistic Director of Armonico Consort commented, “Each piece of music has an alcoholic link, from the hilarious to the tragic. For instance, Purcell died of hypothermia - his wife locked him out when he came home drunk; Handel died of lead poisoning because lead was used to sweeten wine at that time. There are also links between the music and wines of different regions and we’ll stop to taste a few en route.”
The perfect finale to the festival, a performance by the celebrated ‘early’ musicians of the Armonico Ensemble. Already much loved by Petworth audiences following their performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers in 2015 and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in 2011, they return to celebrate the relationship between great music and the nest of grapes.
The artists advise us that a glass of Upperton sparkling wine or Nostros Pinot Noir will be the ideal accompaniment – and preparation for – the concert. Both will be available to buy at the event.
Generously supported by Veronica Henty and an anonymous donor