We are excited to reveal the major events of our 2020 season!

On March 8th at 5pm we premiere a new programme as part of the NZ Fringe titled Quanto Dolce: Musick for the Passions.

Our patron’s son has returned from his Grand Tour of Europe and brought back manuscripts of exotic Italian music for The Queen’s Closet to transcribe and perform. As always, our repertoire will include lesser-known pieces by the familiar composers Vivaldi, Corelli and Albinoni, rubbing shoulders with less familiar composers such as Steffani, Bertali and Mancini. In this programme we expand our cornucopia of Restoration sounds, with the addition of baroque horns and viola d’amore. We will be back at Prefab Hall for this event, at 5pm on 8 March. Once again, we will provide some nibbles to start you off and there will be a bar.  Please visit https://www.fringe.co.nz/show/43750 for details and ticketing.

April 5th we collaborate with Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria in D rv 589 and Bach’s magnificent cantata BWV 12 “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen.”

These works unite choir and orchestra in St Mary of the Angels in Wellington, and feature both vocal soloists and the hoboy and natural trumpet.  Further details and ticketing will be available on our website shortly.

St Cecilia’s Day on November 22nd sees us perform with the Bach Choir of Wellington in a programme featuring Henry Purcell’s Hail, Bright Cecilia Z.328 and Biber’s glorious Requiem in A Major. 
The pieces in this programme demonstrate the versatility of both ensembles, showcasing the Restoration colour and brilliance of  Purcell, as well as the rich continental sounds of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber in a full baroque orchestra with sackbuts, hoboys and natural trumpets.  The venue of St Mary of the Angels will again provide a wonderful acoustic for these glorious pieces of early music.  Again, tickets will be available on our website soon.

We would like to thank the following organisations for supporting our 2020 season: