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English Baroque With Circa

  • Llewellyn Hall William Herbert Place Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)


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A tumbling commotion of musicians and acrobats collide in an explosive collaboration of contemporary circus and music from the English Baroque. A pasticcio created by Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz with music by Handel, Purcell, and Dowland.

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 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 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.

Please note this performance may contain haze

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

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


Jane Sheldon

Jane Sheldon

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

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ADULT $120, CONC. $99, U18 $50, FAMILY $250 (2 ADULT + 2 UNDER 18)

Tickets available via Ticketek (click on button above) and at the door. Concert duration approximately 90 minutes, with no interval. Please note concert duration is approximate only and subject to change.

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