Press release 8th April 2013
A once in a lifetime chance to experience the elegant splendour of Purcell’s music alongside mesmerising choreography.
The young vocal ensemble Sestina will perform The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell in Belfast and Derry-Londonderry this week, collaborating with some of the finest players of original baroque instruments in the world.
Written in 1692, The Fairy Queen would have been part of an evening’s entertainment which would have included acting, dance and spectacular scenery. Sestina’s musical director Mark Chambers says:
“This is simply some of the best music Henry Purcell ever wrote. Often overshadowed by his more famous Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen offers a wide range of music. From Drunken Poets, Fairies, Chinese Men, dances and cross dressing what more can you want?
We will be welcoming some of the finest players from here and abroad from the ranks of such orchestras as The Gabrieli Consort, The English Baroque Soloists and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. We also welcome young tenor Samuel Boden, who has performed this piece throughout Europe to great critical acclaim..
We are also delighted to be performing in the iconic space that is the Ulster Museum; truly a unique experience for performers and audience alike”
Sestina, which was formed in 2011, specializes in vocal music from the 17th century. The ensemble has already gathered praise for its innovative and imaginative programming, putting lesser known music into its historical context, and informing and enlightening the audience to the music of the day.
Their patron Paul McCreesh had this to say:
“I’m thrilled to hear that Sestina are to be performing Purcell’s wonderful Fairy Queen. The music is by turns sad, longing, sensuous and often unbelievably joyous. It’s perfect material for young singers and musicians and I’m sure it will be the most wonderful occasion.”
Performances will take place on Friday 12th April at 7.30pm in The Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast and Saturday 13th April in The Great Hall of The University of Ulster Magee Campus, Northland Road, Derry/Londonderry.
Admission £10 with £5 concessions available from the reception of The Ulster Museum and The Millennium Forum in Derry/Londonderry.