The Vache Baroque Festival is proud to announce a new video series which celebrates the work of women composers of the baroque era.

Entitled VB Showcase, the project aims to shine a light on lesser known songs, with new videos due for release every fortnight from Sunday 22 May to Sunday 31 July 2022.

A number of outstanding artists are signed up to take part, including sopranos Hilary Cronin, Angela Hicks and Jasmine Flicker, and mezzo-soprano Karima El Demerdasch

The six featured songs are:

  • Lady Mary Dering: When first I saw fair Doris’ eyes 
  • Lucia Quinciani: Udite lagrimosi spirti d’Averno, udite 
  • Francesca Caccini [pictured]: Ch’amor sio nudo
  • Julie Pinel: Chantez, dansez 
  • Elisabetta de Gambarini: Behold and listen 
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani: Laudate Dominum

Festival Co-Founders Betty Makharinsky and Jonathan Darbourne comment: “Sopranos and mezzos achieved cult status during the Baroque era (with rival fans even coming to blows in Handel’s theatre!) but music composed by women did not get the publication then or viability now that we think it deserves. We really hope you enjoy the songs that we have selected for our first VB Showcase series.”

VB Showcase launches online on Sunday 22 May. Visit https://vachebaroquefestival.com/ for more information.

Instrumentalists 

Harpsichord: Asako Ogawa 

Cello & Viol: Jenny Bullock 

Lute & Guitar: Kristiina Watt 

Violins: Christiane Eidsten DahlEmma Lake 

Recorder: Elspeth Robertson  

About The Vache Baroque Festival

The Vache Baroque Festival is a fresh and forward looking organisation bringing audiences world-class Baroque music in a stunning setting. Just a stone’s throw from London, performances are held in the grounds of The Vache, an historic house located in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Vache Baroque believes high-quality productions of Baroque music and drama should be open to everyone. The festival produces vibrant events that inform, challenge and entertain new and seasoned audiences, combining contemporary artistic disciplines in performance and pop-up installations away from the stage beforehand. These events are a platform for emerging artists to play, sing, dance, act, design, and create alongside some of the industry’s leading lights.

For the inaugural Vache Baroque Festival in September 2020, Henry Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas played to two sell-out audiences. With the support of its founding VBFriends, 2021 was a successful and eventful year featuring: Coffee Baroque, immersive performances of Bach’s comic mini-opera about coffee addiction; Paradise & Pandemonium, a dramatic rendition of Milton’s epic poetry interwoven with monumental Bach cantatas; Acis & Galatea, an exuberant, critically-acclaimed production of Handel’s tragicomic opera; and Purcell Reimagined, a competition for young composers and arrangers.

Vache Baroque is proud to be developing a partnership with the Lerici Festival in Italy, with performances this Spring celebrating the stylistic resonances between English and Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Please visit https://vachebaroquefestival.com/ to explore the full festival programme.