|A FOUNDLING'S CHRISTMAS|
4 DECEMBER 2014 18.30pm
G.F. Handel Lucretia, HWV 145
German Traditional Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
English Traditional Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree
C. Tye / N. Tate While Shepherds watch their Flocks
J. Cart Solo à Flauto Traverso è Basso in E minor
Eleanor Ross soprano
Michaela Kourilová flauto traverso
Lucia Capellaro violoncello
Richard McKenzie theorbo
Katarzyna Kowalik harpsichord
Nicholas Newland director
Handel House Museum
In 1750, Handel directed the first performance of his Messiah at the Foundling Hospital, in London. This is the work for which he remains most famous, particularly in the UK, but his involvement with the Hospital and the Foundling children continued for many years and in many ways.
The Amadè Players present a programme of music which reflects just what a Foundling may have heard during the long, cold winter nights of the 1750s, with a selection of English and German traditional carols. To this we add the luxurious cantata Lucretia, which will shortly be recorded for digital label Resonus Classics, and featuring soprano Eleanor Ross. A flute sonata by Jiri Cart, a Czech contemporary of Handel, will be performed by young Czech virtuoso Michaela Kourilová completes this programme.
Handel House is located at no. 25 Brook Street, Mayfair. It is here that George Frideric Handel lived from 1723 until his death in 1759. He composed many of his great and influential works in the house, including his much-loved Messiah, and also many operas including Giulio Cesare, Alcina and Serse. The interiors faithfully reflect the style of a London Georgian townhouse and visitors to the museum can enjoy seeing 18th century portraits and objects as well as listen to music, frequently played live. Weekly recitals take place in Handel's Rehearsal and Performance Room - a unique and intimate chamber space. Other events include lecture-recitals and special events that involve active audience participation and engage all ages in musical activities.
By coincidence in that late 1960s Jimi Hendrix moved into the top floor flat of 23 Brook Street, currently the museum's administrative offices. The organisation is currently going through a major capital project to introduce this theme permanently into the building and to allow visitors to visit a Hendrix exhibition and reconstructed bedroom followed by a journey 300 years early to Handel's rooms and exhibition. Handel House is an independent cultural organisation that does not receive any public subsidy. Income is generated from admissions, gift shop sales, events ticket sales, interest from investments and fundraising.
MICHAELA KOURILOVÁ traverso
David took up the trumpet aged nine, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a bandmaster in the North East. He joined the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Michael Laird.
After a season as guest principal trumpet with Scottish Opera he joined the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique as principal trumpet under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He also became principal trumpet of the AAM with Christopher Hogwood.
In 1993 David formed the groundbreaking group Blackadder Brass, which became the resident educational ensemble at Symphony Hall in Birmingham and played to over 40,000 children in its first three years. He is also a professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
He is renowned as a soloist, having performed and recorded with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowski. His recordings of Handel arias with singers including Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa have received particular critical acclaim; and he has recorded the Brandenburg Concertos with Trevor Pinnock and with the AAM.- See more at: http://www.aam.co.uk/#/who-we-are/musicians/david-blackadder.aspx
Michaela Kourilová was born in Jeseník, Czech Silesia - situated in the north east of the Czech Republic. She graduated from her studies of modern flute and recorder at the Prague Conservatory (the classes of Jan Riedlbauch and Jakub Kydlícek). She holds a Bachelor of Music degree on baroque flute from the Charles University in Prague (the class of Jana Semerádová) and a Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (the class of Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark). Recently she has also begun to study with Marcello Gatti at the Conservatorio "Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco" di Verona. Michaela has had consultation lessons with word-famous flautists including L. Beznosiuk, M. Schmidt-Casdorff, J. Gundersen, K. Kaiser, B. Kuijken, M. Moonen, P. Reidemeister, A. Pustlauk, A. Solomon and J. Wentz. Alongside her flute studies she has also begun playing the baroque violin and oboe.
Her studies were supported by: The Czech Music Fund, Foundation "Life of the Artist" and the Endowment Fund for a Support of the Classical Music. Her main sponsorship came from the Endowment Fund of Livia and Václav Klaus - a former president of the Czech Republic. The classical flute was for her kindly purchased by Adastra company.
Michaela performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player both at home and abroad (Ars Antiqua Austria, Collegium 1704, Dresden Instrumental-Concert, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Musica Florea). She was a trainee with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment where she has participated in projects led by W. Christie and A. Schiff. Recently she performed a solo piece with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under leading of F. Brüggen. Next to participating on recordings of CDs, she also attended a number of recordings for the radio and television. She frequently performs with a copy of a flute made after a model by J. J. Quantz.
Michaela is also engaged in intensive research. She has created and completed a critical edition of forgotten works by Václav Vodicka, a Concert-Meister of the court orchestra in Munich during 1732-1774 as well as she recorded his works for Czech Radio. In her current interest lie the life and compositions of violinist and flautist Jirí Cart about whom she wrote her Master Research Thesis, graded with an "excellent" mark. On the same topic she starts to work on her doctoral dissertation at the Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno from this October onwards. In the same institution there she was recently appointed as the first ever Professor for Historical Flutes.
Michaela Kourilová traverso
Eleanor Ross soprano
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