Avison Ensemble in rehearsal, West London, September 2013
The Avison Ensemble rehearsing in West London for their concerts in the ‘English Music in Yorkshire’ music festival organised by Martin Randall Travel. Here the Ensemble is rehearsing with the addition of horns, oboes and bassoons. The Ensemble was directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin).
We performed two concerts as part of the music festival, on Monday 23 September 2013 at the Mansion House, York and on Wednesday 25 September in Hovingham Hall.
For our first concert, ‘English Dialogues: Music for the Stage under the Stuarts throughout the day’, the Ensemble was joined by soprano Mhairi Lawson and baritone Peter Harvey. The sung ‘dialogues’ were from music for the stage by Matthew Locke, John Blow and Henry Purcell, interspersed with instrumental ‘dialogues’ in the form of Purcell trio sonatas and a little suite by William Lawes.
For our second concert, ‘English Concerti: Orchestral Music under the Georges’, we presented some of the glories of English eighteenth-century orchestral music. The concert started with the Overture from the Ode on the Spirits of Shakespeare by Thomas Linley, a contemporary and friend of Mozart (almost as precocious, just as prolific and even shorter-lived), followed by a Cello Concerto by John Garth (performed by Richard Tunnicliffe), a Violin Concerto by Linley (performed by Pavlo Beznosiuk) and Concerti Grossi by Charles Avison and John Stanley. The Symphony No. 4 in F by William Boyce provided a rousing finish.
The Avison Ensemble is the outstanding period instrument orchestra based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which plays and popularises the music of Charles Avison (1709-1770) and other English classical composers of the Baroque period, such as Garth, Arne and Herschel. The Ensemble also performs Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Pergolesi, Teleman, Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.