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Lovers Baroque - a LIVE PROGRAMME NOTES concert - Friday 15th April

Our live programme notes concerts with music historian Dr Simon Heighes are always popular. This time we welcomed soloists, soprano Jayne May-Sysum and her 'lover,' tenor, Daniel Bartlette, as well as the dastardly Derby O'Shannon aka Baritone, Jamie Wright. Enormous thanks must go to Simon for so much work put into this venture.
Friday 15th April , Norwich Central Baptist Church - Lovers Baroque
Live Programme Notes by Dr Simon Heighes
Director - Jim O'Toole
Jayne May-Sysum, Daniel Bartlette and Jamie Wright

-Concerto in D minor for 2 violins - JS Bach (soloists - Jim O'Toole and Liz Skinner)
- The Brickdust Man - A musical dialogue by Charles Dibdin (1772)
- Concerto Op.7 no.6 "il pianto d`Arianna" - Locatelli
- Murder and Mustard - A musical dialogue by Dibdin, Storace, Handel, Holland and Heighes (1773 and 2016)

Review: Eastern Evening News -

Lovers Baroque was the title of the concert given by Norwich Baroque with instrumental music by Bach and Locatelli, introduced by Dr Simon Heighes. Director, Jim O'Toole and Liz Skinner were the soloists in Bach's double violin concerto in D minor, a fine performance with good balance and well judged tempi, though a warmer and less "period" sound from the soloists in the slow movement would have been welcome.

Locatelli's concerti grossi, if not as familiar as those of Corelli, exhibit the composer's style individual style and in their performance of his Op7. no6, the band captured the expressive qualities and rhythmic vitality of the music perfectly.

Charles Dibdin was a prolific composer for the Georgian Theatre. The Brickdust Man (1772) is a brief two hander, with a brilliant overture, short solo arias linked by recitative, and final duet. Describing the romance between brickdust seller John and milkmaid Molly, it was both a musical delight and very funny, with superb singing from Jayne May-Sysum, soprano, and Daniel Bartlette, tenor.

Equally delightful was Murder and Mustard, a pastiche of Dibdin, Storace, Handel plus additions by Heighes and his colleague Mick Holland. In it Molly and John are joined by the villainous mustard seller, Cannon Derby OShannon - the excellent baritone Jamie Wright.

Frank Cliff.