On February 12th an audience of Farlington Prep pupils were transported back in time to the courts of Charles II and Louis XIV. Performances of baroque music were accompanied by detailed explanations of musical life in Stuart times, and how each instrument was made. The pupils were able to experience a broad repertoire of music on a huge variety of instruments.
As one Prep 5 pupil commented: “I was just expecting them to play one instrument each, but they each played lots of different ones amazingly well!”
In the evening, Bergamasca performed again to an audience composed of senior pupils, parents and visitors, with a varied programme of baroque music from different European countries.
From the long-necked theorbo to the extraordinary curtal, from dulcian to baroque bagpipes and encompassing every possible size of recorder and viol on the way, Katriina Boosey, Frances Eustace and Lynda Sayce incorporated them all into a historical trawl through the baroque era.