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Thursday, February 16th, 2017
7:30 PM
Town Hall
Seaton, United Kingdom
This programme has it all: passion from Spain, virtuosity from Italy and lyricism from France all countries bordering on the Mediterranean sea and has been newly-devised by Galliarda for 2016-2017.

The programme was first inspired by a request for some Vivaldi; so we decided to include a selection of Italian music running from the early 17th century (Cima and Frescobaldi) right through to the 18th, and to balance this with our staple Spanish music many pieces newly discovered by Ian Gammie and set by him (listen out for the Spanish guitar!). We also include music from France, including a lovely set of folk songs, at least one of which you will know certainly 'Plaisir d'Amour'.

The wonderful trio sonata by Leclair falls into both camps, since Leclair was born in Lyon, but left for Italy to study dance and the violin in Turin, and ended his days in Paris. The programme ends with three witty Spanish songs, the words of which are so crucial that Sara has decided to sing them in English. Enjoy the tale of the sofa which has had several naughty adventures!

Galliarda's two outstanding qualities are firstly that they present an unusual combination of instruments, offering maximum variety, with soprano voice, two viols, recorder(s) or flute, combined with lute, early guitar, theorbo and percussion.

Secondly, they are highly entertaining where appropriate engaging with the audience by talking about and demonstrating the instruments, and including witty (and bawdy) readings.