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Musica Poetica’s free central London lunchtime recitals

Following the success of their 2016 Highgate concert series, Musica Poetica will be relocating to central London. They will be based at the historic  location of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn for a series of nine free lunchtime concerts throughout 2017 entitled Tunder’s World.

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

In this series, the focus of the concerts will be to explore the magical world of Franz Tunder – a composer from 17th century Germany who lived and thrived through a period of great musical change – and he even has an asteroid named after him!

Franz Tunder 1614-1667

Franz Tunder 1614-1667

During his lifetime opera had recently been developed in Venice by Monteverdi, choral singing was becoming more engaging and complex, the organ was fast becoming the dominant instrument in church music and surrounding all this was the flowering of the German Baroque style of architecture.

Schloss Charlottenburg near Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg near Berlin

Tunder’s world saw the development of a unique German Baroque musical style which paved the way for the music of JS Bach. Tunder’s complete vocal works will be performed in this concert series alongside music by his contemporaries and those he influenced including Claudio Monteverdi, Dieterich Buxtehude and JS Bach.

Here’s a sample of what will be on offer with Tunder’s Ach Herr, lass deine liebe Engelein (O lord, let Thy dear angels) performed here by Lucy Knight and Oliver John Ruthven from Musica Poetica. 75 years later Bach was to rework this text for the closing chorale of his St. John Passion. In a partner project Musica Poetica will be recording Tunder’s complete vocal works in Autumn 2017.


26 January 2017 will see the launch concert in this series of free one-hour lunchtime recitals opening with a sequence of miniature cantatas for the bass voice including Salve coelestis pater by Franz Tunder and his near contemporaries Nicholaus Bruhns and Dieterich Buxtehude.

A musical journey of discovery with The 250 Mile Walk

Bach and Buxtehude

This Saturday, Musica Poetica takes us on a musical journey of discovery in the magical setting of St Michael’s Highgate with The 250 Mile Walk.

The 250 Mile Walk

In 1705 the composer J S Bach walked 150 miles from his home church in Arnstadt to see the greatest organ composer in the world in LübeckDietrich Buxtehude. 

File Marienkirche Lübeck
The story is told through a fascinating exploration of the music of both composers. Buxtehude was 68, and Bach just 20, yet the experience of this musical pilgrimage was to affect Bach’s work for the rest of life – and was to be a turning point in musical history

Buxtehude & Bach

This fascinating programme will be presented by Kate Conway on viola da gamba and Simon Lloyd on harpsichord, two of the most important instruments of the early baroque.

Kate Conway

Kate is one the UK’s most accomplished viola da gamba and baroque cello players. She has performed with Fretwork, Oxford Baroque, Ludus Baroque and the Feinstein Ensemble, and is a member of Royal Baroque, who reached the finals of the 2015 York International Young Artists Competition. Other recent projects have included education workshops with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Simon Lloyd

Simon is a conductor, keyboardist and currently Organist & Director of Music at the Carmelite Priory, Kensington where he is responsible for restoring the church’s tradition of professional music. Simon enjoys the exacting work of typsetting Gregorian Chant, exploring historical tuning temperaments, and single malt Scotch whiskies, sometimes in combination!

Musica Poetica presents The 250 Mile Walk at 7pm this Saturday 15 October at St Michael’s Church, Highgate.

Tickets for this fascinating and engaging concert are just £15 including a glass of Prosecco, and available on the door.

Musica Poetica launches new website, lunchtime recitals and late night concerts

Musica Poetica

Musica Poetica is delighted to launch its new website ahead of an exciting years for the group.

Praised for its “constantly upbeat brilliance and dynamism”, Musica Poetica is quickly gaining a reputation for energetic and communicative interpretations of repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart, performed on period instruments.

Originally formed as a quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, the ensemble has given concerts in settings ranging from Cadogan Hall to Upstairs at the Gatehouse, and appeared at the Brighton Early Music Festival under the 2012-13 Early Music Live! scheme.

They have enjoyed masterclasses and coaching sessions with Rachel Podger, James Johnstone, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Laurence Cummings.

Musica Poetica is going from strength to strength as it now embarks on a series of lunchtime recitals in the heart of the City of London and launches a new series of innovative late night concerts bringing early music and Baroque-themed cocktails to a new audience.

View the full list of events, read about our Baroque Tales nights or check out our Tunder World lunchtime recitals.