The Marriage of the Northern Star
Friday 20 September, 7.30pm
“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 and join us to this splendid party. Drinks and delicious Swedish cakes and pastries will be available to purchase for enjoyment at your banquet table throughout the evening.
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 – perfect for the darkening autumn nights as the Northern Star shines ever brighter.
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!