Saturday, 22 September 2018

Wooden flutes and catgut revive Bach

AN ensemble aiming to put the rock back into baroque comes to the Hexagon next Thursday, writes Lesley Potter.

AN ensemble aiming to put the rock back into baroque comes to the Hexagon next Thursday, writes Lesley Potter.

The Academy of Ancient Music play instruments pertinent to the time of Bach and Vivaldi — such as wooden flutes, trumpets without valves and strings woven from gut — which they say are more expressive and give more energy to this style of music.

Following the success of their Brandenburg Concertos project, they are now turning their hand to Bach’s Orchestral Suites, and this is what they will be playing at the Hexagon concert on Thursday, March 7.

Musical director Richard Egarr, described as the “Bernstein of early music”, leads the ensemble in the performance of these four French-inspired pieces. He will present the Suites “in conversation”, sharing insights and anecdotes about the instruments and giving the historical context of the music.

Tickets start at £16. Box office: 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com

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