The Marriage of the Northern Star
Friday 20 September, 7.30pm
Pre-Concert Talk, 6.45pm
“Dearest Brothers, Sisters and Friends…” you are invited to a splendid wedding party as we celebrate the marriage of Adolf Frederick of Sweden and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia – at the end of summer 1744 – with a spellbinding feast of music, song and dance.
From the earthy songs of Bellman to the refined elegance of Roman (the “Swedish Handel”, who indeed spent some six years studying in London with Handel and others) and Kraus (in his turn later nicknamed the “Swedish Mozart”), this is music drenched in the Nordic summer, light and carefree life outdoors, to which we bid a fond farewell as the autumn nights draw in.
Featuring Finnish-Swedish soprano Andrea Eklund and the award-winning ensembles Flauguissimo and Consone (BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists 2019–2021), the show met with great acclaim at its premiere at the Brighton Early Music Festival last year and this is an unmissable opportunity to see it in London!
Don your mask, tie your garland and join us at this royal feast! Drinks and delicious Swedish cakes and pastries will be available to purchase for enjoyment at your banquet table throughout the evening.
Pre-Concert Talk: Andreas Eriksson Hjort
"Royal Court, Opera House and Rawdy Tavern: Music, Culture and Society in Sweden from 1744 to 1792"
Johan Helmich Roman Drottningholm Music, BeRI 2
Carl Michael Bellman ‘Solen Glimmar’, ‘Haga (Fjäriln vingad)’, ‘Märk hur vår skugga‘, 'Skrufva fiolen’, 'Käraste bröder, systrar och vänner’
Johan Helmich Roman Aria from Cantata in einer Taffel-music
Christoph Willibald Gluck ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’ from Orphée et Eurydice
Joseph Martin Kraus Cantata 'La Pesca', VB 44
Luigi Boccherini Fandango from String Quartet, Op. 40 No. 2
Nordic Noir and Prussian Blue
Saturday 21 September, 6.00pm
Through the marriage of Adolf Frederick and Louisa Ulrika, cultural and political ties were strengthened between the Swedish and Prussian courts. The flute was a favoured instrument instrument at both, featuring strongly in the works of Johan Helmich Roman and other Nordic composers. Louisa Ulrika’s sister Anna Amalia and brother Frederick the Great were both flautists, active musicians and passionate patrons of music and musicians such as Johann Joachim Quantz and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Northern Star Festival Artistic Directors Yu-Wei Hu (flute) and Johan Löfving (theorbo) are joined by two award-winning artists, recorder player Olwen Foulkes and viola da gamba virtuoso Kate Conway to create a unique sound world for an evening of intimate music-making in candlelight – perfect for the darkening autumn nights as the Northern Star shines ever brighter.
Johan Helmich Roman Trio Sonata in G Minor, BeRI 101
Anna Amalia of Prussia Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in F Major
Johannes Sebastian Bach Prelude and Courante from Cello Suite No. 1 BWV 1007 (arranged for theorbo solo)
Dieterich Buxtehude Trio Sonata in G Major, BuxWV 271
Johann Joachin Quantz Duet for Two Flutes in B Minor, QV 3:2 Op. 2 No.3
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in D Major, Wq. 137 (arranged for recorder)
Johanne Sebastian Bach Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039
Sunday 22 September, 11.00am
Soprano Andrea Eklund and Northern Star Festival instrumentalists join forces with Ulrika Eleonora Choir for a special musical celebration of morning Mass (in English).
Free entry. All welcome!