Recital: Ceruleo

Friday 19th January, 2024, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Emily Owen – soprano
Jenni Harper – soprano
Satoko Doi-Luck – harpsichord
Kate Conway – viola da gamba
Toby Carr – theorbo/baroque guitar

This recital is kindly supported by the Continuo Foundation

Barbara Strozzi

Sonetto proemio dell’opera – Mercè di voi
La riamata da chi amava
Desideri vani
Che si può fare

Tarquinio Merula

La bianca

Barbara Strozzi

I baci

Biagio Marini

La caotorta

Barbara Strozzi

Amante ravveduto
Begli occhi, bel seno

The Artists

Formed in 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Ceruleo create dramatic programmes using spoken text alongside music for two sopranos and continuo. Every member of the group performs as a soloist, and they use all available combinations of instruments and voices to build innovative and captivating performances.

The ensemble released their first album ‘Love Restor’d – Songs from Restoration England’ in December 2022 on the Resonus label. They have since toured the programme throughout the UK from Exeter to Helensburgh. They will be recording their next disc with Resonus, featuring the music of Barbara Strozzi, in early 2024.

Ceruleo’s focus on narrative programmes led them to commission ‘Burying the Dead’, a stage show about Henry Purcell, written by Clare Norburn and directed by Thomas Guthrie. The show has appeared at the Buxton International Festival, Lake District Summer Music, Baroque at the Edge at LSO St Luke’s, Brighton Early Music Festival and the York Early Music Christmas Festival. The ensemble also created and premièred ‘Rival Queens’, an immersive operatic experience, for Handel and Hendrix in London in 2017.

On the concert platform, Ceruleo have performed at venues including St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Courtauld Gallery. Formerly Artist Fellows at GSMD and members of the Brighton Early Music Festival’s Live! Scheme, they have given recitals for City Music Society, the London Handel Festival and the Folkestone Literature Festival, and have broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

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