For our final concert in this season we are travelling back in time some three hundred years with the help of violinist Roger Stimson and accompanist Fergus Black…
We are delighted to inform our readers that the two continental musicians whose performances have lately so much delighted the Royal court have graciously agreed to an engagement in Peterborough. The church of St John the Baptist, which adjoins the market square of that city, will be the venue for a performance by Signor Francesco Geminiani, maestro of the violin, and Herr Georg Händel, an unsurpassed master of the harpsichord. The latter gentleman was lately Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, now His Most Gracious Majesty King George of Great Britain.
Doubtless every connoisseur of music and opera in the Soke of Peterborough will be eager to be present at this remarkable concert, and so for the greater convenience of all and the furtherance of those most welcome benefits of civilisation, Good Society and Intelligent Conversation, the church will be open for one hour before the concert begins. For a small consideration, a variety of refreshments, both liquid and solid, savoury and sweet, hot and cold, but all equally refined, will be offered to guests by elegant and genteel attendants. The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is gratis, but those whose means are sufficient are cordially invited to make a donation of circa five pounds so that further delightful events of the same nature may be arranged in future.
About Signor Geminiani:
Francesco Saverio Geminiani, the most famous Italian maestro, skilled upon the violin, was born at Lucca in 1687. He received lessons in music from Alessandro Scarlatti, and studied the violin under Carlo Ambrogio Lonati in Milan and afterwards under Arcangelo Corelli. Since 1711, he has led the opera orchestra at Naples, and in 1714, he set off for our own dear London, where his reputation as a virtuoso violinist naturally preceded him. He soon gained attention and his patrons include William Capel, 3rd Earl of Essex. In 1715, Geminiani played his violin concerti for the court of George I, with Händel at the keyboard.
About Herr Händel:
Georg Friedrich Händel, was born in 1685 into a family indifferent to music. He learnt his craft in Halle and Hamburg before being invited by the Medicis to visit Italy. Rodrigo, his first Italian opera, was produced in Florence in 1707, and others soon followed: audiences applauded the grandeur and sublimity of his style, and took Il caro Sassone (The dear Saxon) to their hearts. In 1710, Händel became Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, who in 1714 became our beloved King George; and in 1712, Händel settled in England: he received a yearly income of £200 from the late Queen Anne and attracted many patrons, including The 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork. His Italian operas are as popular here in England with musical connoisseurs, as they lately were in Italy; his most recent, Amadigi di Gaula, opened in London, at the King’s Theatre, but regrettably closed shortly afterwards, due to the civil upheaval occasioned by the Jacobite uprising in the north.