Seraphic Flames and Heav’nly Love
We are looking forward ending our season with our performance on November 22nd with the Bach Choir of Wellington.  November 22nd is St Cecilia’s Day (the patron saint of musicians) and we will be performing Henry Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia alongside the magnificent A major requiem by Biber.  

Our full baroque orchestra including two basso natural trumpets and three sackbuts, alongside full choir and soloists, in the acoustic of St Mary of the Angels, promises a glorious musical occasion.


Tickets are available only from Eventfinda on: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/seraphic-flames-and-heavnly-love/wellington

Masters of the Guild
We were honoured to have been invited to feature in the reopening celebrations of Old St Paul’s in Wellington on Saturday 1st August.  

In Baroque times, Trumpets and Timpani were only allowed to be played by members of the secretive Guild of Trumpeters and Timpanists.  In this programme we featured a small army of these specially trained players, including three natural trumpets and two timpanists in an exciting programme perfectly suited to the acoustic of Old St Paul’s.

I Tesori
On the 7th August, we performed a treasure trove of smaller works for soprano, accompanied by a range of wind instruments including trumpet, sackbut, hoboy and recorder with continuo cello and harpsichord. We were be joined in this programme by soprano Pepe Becker from Baroque Voices.  This programme featured predominantly music of Italian composers A Scarlatti, Bononcini and Steffani.  

This performance is part of the lunchtime recital (TGIF) series at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul’s, at 12.45 on Friday 7th August.

Semi-Opera project

Here at The Queen’s Closet, we don’t just perform music; we also have a busy programme of projects in development.

We are delighted that we have been awarded a significant grant by Creative New Zealand to develop a new work in collaboration with Dave Armstrong. This project will revive the semi-opera, a form that only existed in Restoration London, creating what we believe will be the first new semi-opera for 300 years. The work will feature the music of Henry Purcell, tied together with a contemporary New Zealand narrative written by Dave, for performance as one of our future programmes. We’re always looking at how we present Restoration music in ways that resonate with modern audiences, while using performance practice based on the most up to date research and understanding of how 17th century baroque music was conceived and performed.