A Choral Odyssey: Purcell

2 December 2020 7.30pm This is an online programme Single episode ticket: £10 / Series ticket: £50 (6 programmes). Only one ticket needed per household

The third programme in our A Choral Odyssey series is set in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe.
This amazingly atmospheric space may slightly predate Henry Purcell but if feels like the perfect place to revisit some of his music. Purcell, despite his relatively short life, worked for three monarchs, Charles II, James II and William and Mary and during that time wrote for court, church, tavern and the place he loved most, the theatre. We will position Purcell and his music in an era of fast-paced technological, political and economic change eerily like our own, to which Purcell had to try to adapt. Politics and court corruption, rival advisers, doubt about the future of the Union, wars with and in Europe and of course a plague thrown in, there are some uncanny similarities between life in Purcell’s time and our own.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor
Simon Russell Beale presenter 


True Englishmen drink (catch)
Ode – Sound the trumpet, beat the drum! (for James II, 1687)
No, now the fight’s done from Theodosius