Chetham’s students perform baroque repertoire on period instruments, in the intimate surroundings of Chetham’s Baronial Hall, dating from 1421. Directed by Dr Martyn Shaw, the School’s baroque ensembles perform regularly at the Royal Greenwich Early Music Festival and in Huddersfield, Manchester and Saltaire.
2018 marks 350 years since the birth of the French composer Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Chetham’s School of Music are delighted to team up with the Early Music Shop for the fourth consecutive year, along with Windstruments and Powell-Buffet-Crampon, to mark this occasion with a project of dynamic music from the French Baroque. Alongside recitals, project members will learn to engage with period instruments, develop a stylistic awareness of the genre, and share this knowledge with local school children through Chetham’s flourishing outreach department.
Dr Martyn Shaw, together with Christopher Orton and Helen Francis, directs Chetham’s students through works by some of the French-Baroque masters including Couperin, Rameau, Marais and Hotteterre. In this concert, Chetham’s musicians will perform a programme of French chamber and cantata works in the school’s historic Baronial Hall.