Duets for the Duchess

Thursday 19 June, 6.30-7.30pm

This concert is sold out

Ballo Baroque

Rowan Pierce (soprano)
Randall Scotting (countertenor, director)
George Ross (cello)
Aidan Phillips (harpsichord) 


Duets for the Duchess is a programme of secular duet cantatas by Giovanni Bononcini (a contemporary of Handel) who composed for the Royal Academy of Music in London during the 1720s. It recreates an evening from 1726 when the Duchess of Marlborough hosted two of the most famous singers from the London stage, the alto castrato Senesino and the soprano Cuzzoni.

Countertenor Randall Scotting and soprano Rowan Pierce will bring to life this series of fun and playful cantatas containing arias, recitatives, and several duets from manuscripts that have been tucked away in the library of the Royal College of Music for over a century. The concert will also feature some of Bononcini's instrumental music with the Cello Sonata in A minor, featuring George Ross, and selections for keyboard from harpsichordist Aidan Phillips.

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


£9, £5 students


Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 17 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 31 March, 10am