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Musica Antica Rotherhithe

Early Music in the heart of SE16
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Douce Douleur

Musica Antica Rotherhithe presented Chansons and Liede from the 15th and 16th Century courts of France and Flanders. Featuring works by Ludovicus Episcopius, Janequin, Gombert, De Rore and Josquin.

Jessica Eucker, Carlotte Osborn; Sopranos

Tristram Cooke, Matthew O'Keeffe; Countertenors

Oliver Doyle, William Wallis; Tenors

Chris Jeanes, Joachim Sabbat, Basses

Peter Martin, Lute

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Lo Spedale

A 17th Century Comedic Opera

Our largest project to date was a fully-staged production of a one-act Dramma Burlesco: Lo Spedale. Rediscovered by Dr Naomi Matsumoto and first performed by Solomon's Knot in 2015, this was its second-ever staging in modern times, and the first in a faithful 17th century production, as part of the annual Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival on November 24th.

Tickets to this performance were free, making art accessible to all, thanks to the support of Southwark Council, Illuminate Rotherhithe and generous individuals. We hope to tour the production in 2019. For more information please visit the link below.

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Sorrow There Made Fair

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.

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La Defense de la Vertu

Featured 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.

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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.

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Musica Reservata

In our most intimate yet expansive programme to date, we performed 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.

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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.

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Monteverdi at 450

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of all time, Musica Antica Rotherhithe performed 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.

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In a major work of performance-scholarship, Jessica Eucker, Oliver Doyle, and baroque violinists Andrea Timparano and YeYe Xu performed 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.

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Our Own Orpheus

Jointly celebrating the work of England's greatest musical light and the Italian masters who inspired him, Musica Antica performed 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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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) explored 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 performed one of the most enduring musical works of all time, Pergolesi's Stabat mater, alongside duets by Henry Purcell and keyboard music by Buxtehude.

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