Welcome to the world of Linden Baroque!

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Our last concert:

JUNE 26th 2022 at St Stephen's Hampstead - 'Pastoral Pleasures' Songs and music celebrating the joys of nature in early summer.

We were joined by soprano Philippa Hyde who sang some delightful songs inspired by nature by Thomas Arne, Purcell, Handel and Thomas Chilcot. We were directed once again from the violin by Theresa Caudle.

Works included Handel's 'Ombra Mai Fù' from Xerxes and the overture to 'Il Pastor Fido' (The Faithful Shepherd), Thomas Arne settings from Shakespeare plays  ('Where the bee sucks', Thou Soft Flowing Avon', 'Where daisies pied'), Thomas Chilcot ('Orpheus and his Lute'), songs and music from Purcell's Fairy Queen and King Arthur (including 'Fairest Isle'). The band played some instrumental music including Boyce's ever-fresh Symphony No 1.


Reviews:

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.”


Professional music-making during the pandemic.
Many musicians have lost their livelihoods during the various restrictions which have been coming and going across the country. Even those who have managed to perform, have had to restrict audiences to often sub-economic levels. Many musicians have turned to other ways to make ends meet and a proportion of these will not find a way back to professional activities.
Others have not been fortunate and have fallen on very hard times.
Many promoters, festivals, concert halls and other arts organisations have scaled back, curtailed their activities, mothballed or closed down completely with loss of work for all those involved.

You may wish to consider assisting professional musicians who have been particularly badly hit during the pandemic.
Help Musicians UK (formally Musicians' Benevolent Fund) would be grateful for any donations to help with their work directly benefitting musicians in difficulty.

This was our last concert - the first since the pandemic struck

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