We’ve missed Musicking with you … but never fear!

It’s been awhile since our performance at NZ Fringe 2020 in Wellington, and we’re delighted that we are now in the position where we have performances planned again.  We would love to see you there!

Masters of the Guild
We are honoured to have been invited to feature in the reopening celebrations of Old St Paul’s in Wellington on Saturday 1st August.  We will be performing around 12 noon.

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 will feature 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 will perform 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 will be joined in this programme by soprano Pepe Becker from Baroque Voices.  This programme features 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.

Seraphic Flame and Heav’nly Love
Our performance on November 22nd with the Bach Choir of Wellington will be going ahead as planned.  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, full choir and soloists, in the acoustic of St Mary of the Angels, promises a glorious musical occasion.

Full details and tickets will be available soon.

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.