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Welcome to Linden Baroque
- in its 30th anniversary year
lovely music with style and spirit!

Musical Director Steven Devine

A much loved part of the early music scene since 1983, Linden Baroque works with well known early music specialists to bring audiences highly enjoyable and memorable concerts.
A wonderful concert - superb ensemble, excellent singers. (MB, email)
Beautiful - beats Venice! (SP, London SE13)
Gorgeous and delicate, excellent musicans. So impressed (NY email)
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Linden promotes its own concerts in and around London and is available for festivals or choirs looking for an original instrument 'historically informed' band to add style and zest to their performances of baroque music.

Sun November 15th
'Alfred' - a masque by Thomas Arne
St Stephen's, Rosslyn Hill,
Hampstead, NW3 2PP
Director Stephen Devine
King Alfred
with Kate Semmens & Penelope Appleyard (sopranos)
Joe Bolger (counter tenor), Sheridan Edward (Tenor)
and Dino Mahoney (narrator)

This lovely 3 act work, dating, in this version, from 1753, is full of sparkling and tuneful music and is best known for 'Rule Britannia'. It was first performed as a masque at Cliveden in 1740 to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Princess Augusta, the daughter of the rather naughty Prince of Wales, Frederick.
Hugely popular at the time, it became known to the public in many forms, being performed as a full scale opera many times at Drury Lane. It was conceived as a deeply patriotic allegorical work, a stirring tale of Anglo-Saxon warfare and bucolic love. It is imaginatively scored for oboes, bassoons, flutes, horns, trumpets and drums.
Arne fought against the prevailing fashion for all things foreign, arguing for an English artistic form of expression. In his 'General History of Music', Charles Burney wrote,
"The melody of Arne at this time forms an era in English Music; it was so easy, natural and agreeable to the whole kingdom, that it had an effect upon our national taste".

Tickets £15, £12 concessions, under 16yrs free
online and on the door. Early bookers get guaranteed seats in the best central front section (un-numbered) Drinks served.
5min walk from Hampstead Heath Overground and Belsize Park Northern Line. Buses 286, 168, 24, 46, C11

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