Helen Charlston & Toby Carr

Battle Cry

Tuesday 24 May, 1.00pm

Octagon Chapel

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Tickets: £7.50 - £16.00

Henry Purcell Bonduca’s Song ‘Oh lead me to some peaceful gloom’
Barbara Strozzi L’eraclito Amoroso
Robert de Visee Prelude
John Eccles Restless in thought, disturbed in mind
Henry Purcell Dido’s Lament
Owain Park Battle Cry
i. Boudicca
ii. Philomela in the forest
iii. A singer’s ode to Sappho
iv. Marietta
Giovanni Kapsberger Preludio Quinto
Barbara Strozzi La Travagliata
Claudio Monteverdi Lamento d’Arianna
Robert de Visee Sarabande
Henry Purcell An Evening Hymn

‘So it is, for one who loves too much’ (Monteverdi Lamento d’Arianna SV 22)

Helen Charlston (mezzo soprano) and Toby Carr (theorbo) will perform works by Monteverdi, Purcell, and Strozzi, alongside Battle Cry, a new song cycle by composer Owain Park and librettist Georgia Way. While we all know the stories of male adventure and war, Battle Cry rebalances this obsession, hearing what so-called ‘abandoned women’ might have to say to us today.

‘…topped out by the creamy and calorific voice of Helen Charlston, a true Alto with a hint of countertenor colouring… Charlston curling her tongue around the words as if her voice were itself a viol…’ – Andrew Mellor, Gramophone

‘***** Exceptional projection and beautiful temperament in the contralto Helen Charlston whose homogeneous timbre and a striking depth bring a beautiful authority to the perilous “Un’altra volta ancor.’ – Philippe Ramin, Bachtrack 

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Important information

Venue: Octagon Chapel

Duration: 60 Minutes

Please Note: This performance will be recorded by the BBC for future broadcast, for this reason there are strictly no latecomers.

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24 May

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Image Credit: Helen Charlston Charlston © Benjamin Ealogeva

Battle Cry is a City Music Foundation commission. Soon to be released on Delphian Records

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