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Musica Antica Rotherhithe

Early Music in the heart of SE16

Sorrow There Made Fair

Dowland by candlelight

Countertenor Tristram Cooke and Lutenist Peter Martin explore the Lute songs of one of England's greatest Renaissance composers, John Dowland, and his contemporary Anthony Holborne.

All ticket sales support our upcoming production of Lo Spedale, a one act, 17th Century Opera performed as part of the Illuminate Rotherhithe 2018 festival on 24th November 2018, on the stage at Sands Films Studio, Rotherhithe. For more information please visit the link below or write to us at info@musicaantica.org.uk

Sat 10th November, Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe

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About Us

Musica Antica Rotherhithe was founded in 2016 by local musicians Oliver Doyle and Jessica Eucker, with the aim of bringing regular performances of Early Music to SE16.

While specialising in the performance of 17th Century chamber music, their repertoire extends into opera, and to the works of composers writing in the High-Late Middle Ages, often overlooked in programmes today.

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If you have any questions for Oliver and Jess, or are interested in becoming involved in our work - either musically or by donating time to help spread the word - please contact us at info@musicaantica.org.uk.

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As part of our aim to make Early Music as accessible as possible, to audiences and performers alike, we release editions of all our works created from manuscript sources whenever possible.

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Past Events

La Defense de la Vertu

Featuring some of the most beautiful and unusual music written for the church at the turn of the 18th century including Charpentier's monumental Chaconne Magnificat H.73, Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and Caldara's Maddelena ai piedi di Cristo.

Connexion Italien

Charted the transmission of opera to France in the mid 17th Century with excerpts from Luigi Rossi's L'Orfeo and Francesco Cavalli's Ercole Amante, followed by ballets from the crowning achievement of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Moliere's collaboration: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

Musica Reservata

In our most intimate yet expansive programme to date, we perform music from the Late Middle Ages to the advent of opera at the turn of the 17th century, including works by Gilles Binchois, Guillaume Dufay, Jacopo Peri, Giulio Caccini and John Dowland.

Lettere Amorose

Celebrating our first anniversary, we brought works by Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi, two of the greatest composers of Italian opera of the seventeenth century, prepared first-hand from original manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, to the beautiful, intimate stage of Sands Films Studios.

Monteverdi at 450

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of all time, Musica Antica Rotherhithe perform works from across Claudio Monteverdi's lifetime, from some of his earliest madrigals to his later stageworks, culminating in a semi-staged performance of one of his often overlooked courtly entertainments: the Ballo delle Ingrate.

Sacred Fire

Taking some of the earliest music of the Baroque as their starting point, Andrea Eklund (Soprano), Matthew Collins (Bass), Toby Carr (Theorbo) and Oliver Doyle (Harpsichord) explore the influence of Giulio Caccini and Iacopo Peri's 'New Music' on the sacred music of Claudio Monteverdi.


Soprano Jessica Eucker and Alto Viola Haumann perform one of the most enduring musical works of all time, Pergolesi's Stabat mater, alongside duets by Henry Purcell and keyboard music by Buxtehude.


In a major work of performance-scholarship, Jessica Eucker, Oliver Doyle, and baroque violinists Andrea Timparano and YeYe Xu perform arias from across the operas of Francesco Cavalli and Antonio Cesti, giving many their UK premiere.

The performing edition created for this concert, prepared using manuscripts housed in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, is now available in the public domain.

Our Own Orpheus

Jointly celebrating the work of England's greatest musical light and the Italian masters who inspired him, Musica Antica perform a dramatisation of some of Henry Purcell's most beautiful vocal works alongside Luigi Rossi's rarely-heard cantata Disperar di se Stesso.

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