Musical Banquet - Lower Basildon

St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon, Berkshire
13th May 2018
£8 per head inlcuding a complimentary programme, and tea and cake. (under 16's free)

The acclaimed Oxfordshire trio Musical Banquet will be presenting a themed entertainment of Early Music from Britain and Europe performed on period instruments with Countertenor voice. Music from Henry Purcell, Robert Burns and many more.

The critically acclaimed Oxfordshire Early Music Trio Musical Banquet are making an eagerly anticipated first visit to St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon, at 3.30pm on Sunday 13th May 2018 and performing an afternoon tea recital, raising funds for the Churches Conservation Trust. Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up a delectable menu of musical delicacies including vocal and instrumental works from some of the finest English and European composers, interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

Situated a few miles south of Wallingford, shaded by fine trees and near a beautiful stretch of the river Thames, St Bartholomew's Church dates back to the late C13 and the ornate C15 roof timbers speak of a time when parishioners grew rich from the local wool and corn trade. A Grade I listed building the church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Amongst its many notable features are a 14th-century chest tomb and 15th-century font whilst in the churchyard stands a memorial to Jethro Tull, the 18th-century agriculturalist and father of modern farming, the exact whereabouts of his grave being unknown.

This historic building provides a fitting backdrop for an unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed on period instruments combined with Countertenor voice much as the 17th and 18th century audience might have heard them. With plenty of surprises along the way, the concert will be presented in the group's characteristically innovative, energetic and imaginative style and the special 'afternoon tea ‘menu' includes some sweet treats from one of England's finest composers, Henry Purcell and a tribute to the Scots poet and songwriter Robert Burns. A tempting indulgence for all musical gastronomes!

All proceeds will be donated to The Churches Conservation Trust and you are invited to join the musicians afterwards for tea and homemade cake, included in the admission price!

Musical Banquet's vibrant and energetic performances have delighted critics and audiences alike:

‘The effect of such entrancing music was quite magical’. ‘Beautifully presented with wit, polish and panache’. ‘A musical marvel!’ ‘The audience were spellbound’ 'Such enthusiastic and passionate performers' ‘An unforgettable evening!’ 'It was a real treat to listen to early English and European music performed to such a high standard’ ‘Thank you for another great show. You remain unique and indefatigable (and very digestible!’)’

Come along and experience for yourself this 'Feast for the Ears'!

For Tickets or for more information please contact Jean Turner at [email protected] or call 01491 875 949, or contact Lynn Thorn on the details below:

Lynn Thorn
01491 671 699

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