Welcome to the world of Linden Baroque!

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Our next concert:
Sunday JULY 14th 2024 6:30pm

at St Stephens, Hampstead NW3 2PP

Music by JS Bach and three of his musical sons: WF, CPE and JC.
We see how each extended and changed their father's musical language and reflected their personalities as fashions changed and styles eased from the baroque of JS to the classical world of Haydn and Mozart.

We are joined by the exciting young soprano Maryam Wocial to perform two vocal works - a gorgeous aria from Carl Philipp Emanuel's Magnificat and from Johann Christian's opera Endymion. Also by 'The London Bach' is one of his lively symphonies. His brother, Wilhelm Friedemann, is represented by a rarely heard sinfonia, known by its nickname, 'Dissonant', which describes clearly its rather startling character. We are on rather more familiar territory with the first of JS Bach's popular and varied Orchestral Suites.

Tickets online here £16 , £13 concessions and under 16 free. Also on the door, cards preferred.
There is no interval and drinks are available at the start and finish.

(Double click on poster if you'd like to download)

For those keen to make a cultural night of it, we promise to play fast and finish well in time for THE BIG MATCH. We'll be finished in good time for kick-off and there are several fine pubs within a couple of minutes walk of the concert with big screens - eg 'The Roebuck' opposite the church in Pond Street, 'The George' just along the road on Haverstock Hill as well as several others close by. We hope to contribute to an evening to remember!
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Just gone:
April 14th Bach St Matthew Passion in Ardingly College Chapel
With New Sussex Singers and Ardingly Choral Society
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Our Musical Director

Our Musical Director is Ashley Solomon, the well-loved flautist and recorder player, director of Florilegium and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, where he has been a Professor since 1994. He is both a Fellow of the Royal College of Music (FRCM) and Royal Academy of Music (FRAM) in recognition of his outstanding services to music.

We feel very honoured that Ashley has agreed to take this position, which will help us develop the orchestra over a longer period.

Reviews from a recent concert (Feb 2023):

5/5 This was a most delightful evening. This is a beautiful church which is now used for concerts and private events. Very welcoming staff. I was glad I arrived early as the church soon became full. Wonderful music played by an amazing orchestra which included 3 oboes and bassoon and a harpsichord. The 1st violin, Maxim del Mar, was brilliant, playing such difficult pieces in the Hellendaal Concerto. They all stood for the entire concert…no mean feat but it meant we could all watch them playing! One of the best things about this concert was the fabulous detailed programme notes. It was a great evening, especially as there was no interval to break the mood. I will definitely follow this orchestra and hope to attend the next concert (DB)

5/5 Another very enjoyable concert by the Linden Baroque Orchestra. I found a seat in the front row within almost inches of the violins. Great fun and good listening in such a big space. Do appreciate the programme. It is both pretty and full of valuable information. Looking forward to the next concert in May. (KC)

I take this opportunity to say the concert was so enjoyable, thank you so much. We will be there for the one in May! I wish i had known of your concerts earlier! The atmosphere was very relaxed which is welcoming, the program notes and Mr.Solomon’s words where fun and interesting, with details i have not come across before. The program choice was inspired and i enjoyed listening to all, particularly the absolutely marvellous sound of the first viola, the velvet quality of that sound was gorgeous. We will repeat. (MGS)

5/5 This was a very enjoyable concert held in a very interesting church, with excellent printed programme provided. Pleasant helpers and refreshments. (CS)

5/5 Beautiful music. Very talented musicians. Lovely graphic design advertising event and programme. (CH)

Great concert. Just moved in area

and from the previous concert:

5/5 "Beautiful high class music and singing.Wonderful evening."

4/5 "Beautiful early music, beautifully performed by dedicated musicians of the genre."

5/5 "Greatly enjoyed hearing and seeing the Linden Baroque Orchestra again at St Stephens church being it has been four years since I last attended one of their concerts there. It seemed wonderfully personal being that we, the audience were so close to the musicians and the Leader/Director spoke to us sharing information about planning the concert etc. The theme of the concert, Pastoral Pleasures, was enhanced by the singing of Philippa Hyde. Thanks too for all the information in the program about the composers and the musicians.”

4/5 "A varied programme beautifully performed by the Linden Baroque orchestra and soprano Phillippa Hyde.”

This was our last concert in the summer

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The first time we'd met since March 2020, for a 'play-day', happily directed by our founder, Maestro Paul Goodwin, on a rare break (between Israel and the US) in his busy international conducting schedule. We were also delighted to welcome back Julia Bishop to lead.
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Our current main venue, St Stephen's, Hampstead
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Some happy news

One of our fine cellists, Christine Draycott (you'll remember her beautiful continuo performances in the Bach Passions, including our last concert before lockdown), recently completed an historic aeronautical achievement, becoming the first civilian pilot to pass the exacting military flying instructors' course. Described as a "monumental task " it was only previously attempted by experienced military pilots. Having flown commercial airliners, she now instructs RAF pilots in the Grob training aircraft. Previously Christine played cello professionally with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. What a talented person! We wish her happy landings and a return to Linden when she is able.

Ideal companions for a good evening out perhaps?
(a window from Islington's Union Chapel)
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