A Swedish Virtuoso in London

Northern Star Festival Winter Concert

Saturday 8 February 2020, 3.00pm

Georgian London was a cosmopolitan paradise for lucky artists and young Swedish musician Johan Helmich Roman was no exception. Seen with his eyes, London must have seemed like the very centre of the world!

With a royal warrant, Roman came to absorb and bring back the latest musical trends to Sweden. Arriving London in 1715, he encountered and learned from the very finest masters such as Pepusch and Geminiani. The young artist also worked in Handel’s orchestra, where he earned the nickname “the Swedish Virtuoso.”

Join us for this musical feast set in the elegant Georgian London, including a sneaky visit to the coffee house!

Emily Atkinson, soprano

Yu-Wei Hu, flute

Henrik Persson, cello/viola da gamba

Johan Löfving, theorbo

George Frideric Handel 'The Soft Complaining Flute' from Ode for St. Cécilia’s Day, HWV 76

Johan Helmich Roman 'Süße Zieten eilet nicht' from Cantata in einer Taffel-Music, Ro 4

Johan Helmich Roman Flute Sonata in A major No. 8, BeRI 208

Johann Sebastian Bach 'Ei! Wie schmeckt der Kaffee süße' from Coffee Cantata

The Marriage of the Northern Star

Friday 20 September 2019, 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 2019, 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

Festival Mass

Sunday 22 September 2019, 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!