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Image Gallery: Cecilian Choir and Sinfonia recreate the splendour of the Sun King

The University Cecilian Choir, Sinfonia and soloists came together yesterday for a sumptuous recreation of the splendour of the Sun King, in a programme of music and readings celebrating Lully.

AH4A4117Conducted by Dan Harding, costumed performers patrolled the foyer before being summoned into the re-imagined concert-hall by a side-drum, heralding the start of a selection of sacred and secular works which revisited the lavish entertainments of the court of the Sun King.

AH4A4078 AH4A4083 AH4A4091 AH4A4130 AH4A4136 AH4A4151 AH4A4166 AH4A4174The same forces combine on Thursday 31 March at St Peter’s Methodist Church, in Canterbury, when they will unleash the high drama of two of Vivaldi’s choral works, the Credo and Magnificat, alongside a trio sonata and Mozart’s Ave Verum; more details here.

Photos © Matt Wilson / University of Kent

Smoke and mirrors

Creating windows where there are none in the concert-hall this morning, in preparation for the Invitation to the Dance concert celebrating the music of Lully next month.

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The conceit is to turn the concert-hall into the Palace of Mirrors in Versailles as a backdrop to the secular and sacred pieces in the programme, complete with a picture of the famed Hall on the projector-screen behind the performers.

WP_20160121_008Now all I have to do is persuade all the instrumentalists and singers to don period costume…

The concert is on Weds 17 February at 1.10pm; details here.