Nell Gwyn

Programmes - Choreographed - The Widdow and the Rake

(To create the essence of the show we bring simple props, scenery and lighting)

Philippa Hyde soprano
Tim Carleston counter-tenor
Daisy Vatalaro baroque cello
Helen Rogers harpsichord and chamber organ

'Scenes' from Restoration and Georgian London. A trip to Bedlam; the Queen's demise; dinner with the Duke of York and some amusing rumours regarding William of Orange's woollens.

Letters, diaries, poetry and gossip from John Evelyn, Voltaire, Pepys, Lady Catherine Dyer, Samuel de Sorbières and Cèsar de Saussure. Music by Henry Purcell, Clarke, Eccles, Arne and Handel.

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Henry Purcell   INTERVAL
Duet 'Sound the Trumpet'    
    Henry Purcell
Anon   A dialogue between Corridon and Mopsa
Song 'The 29th of May'   Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary, 1695
Duet 'Here's a Health unto His Majesty'    
    Henry Eccles
Henry Purcell   Cello sonata in G minor
Song 'Britain, thou now art great'    
Song 'Fairest Isle'   Henry Purcell
Duet 'Sing ye Druids'   A Mad Song 'Bess of Bedlam'
Two Grounds for solo harpsichord   Duet 'Lost is my Quiet'
Duet 'Oh! the Sweet Delights of Love'    
Duet 'My Dearest, my Fairest'   George Frideric Handel
    Air and Variations on 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'
Divisions on Greensleves for cello and   Thomas Arne
continuo   Song 'When Daisies Pied'
    Song 'Gentle swain'
Henry Purcell    
An Evening Hymn   George Frideric Handel
    Scene from the opera 'Teseo'
Jeremiah Clarke    
A Dialogue between a Widdow and a Rake    
Henry Purcell    
Duet 'No, Resistance is but Vain'