English Baroque with Circa

A tumbling commotion of musicians and acrobats collide in an explosive collaboration of contemporary circus and music from the English Baroque.

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"a series of spectacular routines which melded seamlessly with the music."
The Australian Click here to read more (Subscriber-only article)

"[Jane Sheldon's] duet with soprano Lauren Stephenson, Handel’s Gentle Morpheus, son of night, was a melting moment."
The Daily Telegraph - Click here to read more

"it is a magnificent masque, entertaining and amazing in equal parts."
Limelight Magazine - Click here to read more

"Everything is pure, precise and sublime."
MegaphoneOZ - Click here to read more

"This was a celebration of human sound and movement."
Sounds Like Sydney - Click here to read more

A pasticcio in four scenes of traditional English folk tunes and featuring works by Purcell, Dowland, Handel, Corelli, and Matteis.

Dowland Behold a wonder here from The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires
Purcell Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens, Z 632
Purcell Overture from King Arthur, Z 628
Purcell Thanks to these lonesome vales from Dido & Aeneas, Z 626
Handel Gentle Morpheus, son of night from Alceste, HWV 45
Handel De torrente in via from Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
Handel Organ Concerto in G minor, Op. 4, No. 3, HWV 291: Adagio
Traditional The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby
Traditional Hole in the Wall

Concert duration approximately 90 minutes, with no interval. Please note concert duration is approximate only and subject to change.

Please note this performance contains haze.

Paul Dyer Artistic Director
Yaron Lifschitz Artistic Director, CIRCA
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Performers of CIRCA
Jane Sheldon soprano

Our first collaboration with Circa French Baroque in 2015 won a Helpmann Award. In 2017 Spanish Baroque was a sold-out sensation.

In 2019 English Baroque with Circa becomes the third daring collaboration between the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa. An inspired pasticcio by Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz, with music from 16th and 17th-century England and featuring the beautiful voice of soprano Jane Sheldon, English Baroque with Circa will have you gripping your seat and gasping in awe. This breathtaking combination of Circa acrobats and Brandenburg musicians will have you spellbound from the first note to the last.

English Baroque will be launched in May 2019 in a world premiere performance at the Canberra International Music Festival on the eve of its 25th Anniversary before touring to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Join us for this dazzling experience of contemporary circus and enchanting English masque and theatre music where the concert hall is transformed, exploding with sound, colour and movement.

Tickets for the Canberra International Music Festival performance are available through Ticketek.

Canberra International Music Festival

Venue Details
Llewellyn Hall
ANU School of Music Building 100,
William Herbert Place
Canberra ACT 2601

City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Place
Sydney NSW 2000

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Corner Grey and Melbourne Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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