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The Nightingale in Love – Baroque Love, Melancholy & Birdsong

18th September 2016 at 4pm
St Mary Magdalene Thornham Magna

Philippa Hyde soprano
William Summers recorder & flute
Louise Jameson bass violin & violoncello
Peter Holman harpsichord

Arias and solo works by Purcell, Couperin, Handel, Vivaldi, J S Bach and Telemann, as well as some of their less well known contemporaries from England and the continent, such as William Croft, Nicolas Chédeville, Thomas Williams and Gottfried Finger.

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Seating unreserved, advance reservation is advised but tickets may be collected at the door.
children and students in full time education free.
cheques payable to THORNHAM MAGNA PCC

draft programme:

William Croft (1678-1727): By purling streams
soprano, recorder, bass violin, harpsichord

Thomas Williams: Ground in D minor (Airs Anglois, vol. 1, 1702)
Nicola Matteis: Ground after the Scotch Humour (Ayres for the Violin, vol. 4, 1685)
recorder, bass violin, harpsichord

Henry Purcell: Tell me some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation)
soprano, bass violin, harpsichord

Henry Purcell: O let me weep (The Plaint) from The Fairy Queen, 1693)
soprano, recorder, bass violin, harpsichord

Gottfried Finger: Sonata in C minor, op. 3, no. 2
recorder, bass violin, harpsichord

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): ‘Nell’dolce dell’oblio’ (Pensieri notturni di Filli)
soprano, recorder, bass violin, harpsichord


François Couperin (1668-1733): Le rossignol en amour (Troisième livre, 1722)
flute and harpsichord

George Frideric Handel: ‘Sweet bird’ from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed Moderato (1740)
soprano, flute, violoncello, harpsichord

George Frideric Handel: ‘T’was when the seas were roaring’ (The Melancholy Nymph) from The what d’ye call it (1715)
soprano, violoncello, harpsichord

Nicolas Chédeville (1705-82): Pastorale in A major (Il pastor fido, 1737)
flute, violoncello, harpsichord

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): ‘All’ombra di sospetto’ RV687
soprano, flute, violoncello, harpsichord

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Rondeau in B minor (Das getreue Music-Meister)
flute, violoncello, harpsichord

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): ‘Schweigt, ihr Flöten’ (Cantata no. 210a)
soprano, flute, violoncello, harpsichord



The English soprano Philippa Hyde commenced her singing studies with Ann Lampard and continued under the tuition of David Johnston and Yvonne Minton CBE at the Royal Academy of Music. She graduated with the coveted Dip RAM in 1993. In 2001 she was awarded the ARAM , an honour granted to past students of the Academy who have achieved distinction in their profession. Philippa Hyde is an experienced recording artist. In 1995 she became a regular soloist for Hyperion, for whom she created the role of Semira in the first performance for nearly 200 years of Arne‘s Artaxerxes, which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Her busy and varied concert, operatic and oratorio career has taken her all over Europe and to many of its major concert venues and festivals, such as The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (with Sir Simon Rattle), The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, The Symphony Hall Birmingham (Richard Hickox), Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall London and the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona (Robert King, Sir Roger Norrington), as well as the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, and cathedrals throughout the UK.

She is a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers and regularly performs with the Academy of Ancient Music.Recent engagements include a tour of Purcell‘s Dido and Aeneas to Libya and China with the Academy of Ancient Music and a performance of George Frideric Handel‘s Messiah in Valetta with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Philippa has released a CD with The Parley of Instruments entitled “Musical London”, and recently made a recording of Christopher Gibbons with the Academy of Ancient Music, for Harmonia Mundi. Philippa taught Period Performance practice at the Royal Northern College of Music (2003-2011), and singing at Leeds University (2009-2011). She now teaches singing at Eltham College in south-east London. She is married to Richard Tanner, who became Director of Music at the Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich in March 2011.