Dedicated to the King

Thursday 14 August, 6.30-7.30pm

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Arcata Baroque

Elin Harries (soprano)
Carina Drury (cello)
Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord)


This programme presents chamber music by a selection of the foremost composers and performers of the London scene in the first quarter of the 18th century.

Ariosti and Bononcini, both rivals for Handel’s Italian Opera success, dedicated books of 6 cantatas to King George I. Geminiani, the foremost violinist of his time, dedicated his book of violin sonatas to the King's Chamberlain as a thank you for introducing him to the Royal circle. He later arranged some of them very successfully for the harpsichord. Geminiani, who arrived in London in 1714, the same year as the Hanoverian succession and performed for the King accompanied by Handel at the keyboard.

Handel, as music teacher to the Royal Princesses, composed various small-scale pieces for his pupils. The cantata Quel fior che all’alba ride, which incorporates the theme later used for and he shall purify, is believed to have been written for Princess Anne around 1739, and shows that the Italian style was still very much in favour with Handel, despite the collapse of the Italian opera scene. The word-book for the first performance of Handel's opera, Radamisto, was uniquely dedicated to the King and the performance marked the public reconciliation of King George I and his son in 1720. Handel maintained a strong personal relationship with soprano Margherita Durastanti who was the primo uomo (first man). The only English composer able to compete with the popularity of Handel was Arne. His masque Alfred, featuring the ever-popular Rule Britannia premiered at the country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1740.

This concert is part of Hanover Rules! celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession.


Cantata L’Amor Onesta

Cantata Da te che pasci ogn’ora

Cello and Keyboard sonata

Cantata Quel fior che all’alba ride
Cara sposa, amato bene, Radamisto

Celebrated Ode, in Honour of Great Britain


£9, £5 students


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Friends booking: Monday 17 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 31 March, 10am