Classical maestro shines at concert

Harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock
Harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock
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ONE of the most distinguished specialists in early music appeared in a concert at St James’ Church, Nayland, on Sunday as part of the Suffolk Villages Festival winter concert programme.

Harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock, who directed the English Concert for 30 years, and pioneered performances of baroque and classical music on period instruments, performed JS Bach’s Partita number six in E minor and a selection of works by 17th and 18th century German and French composers.

Festival director Peter Holman said: “It was a great privilege to have Trevor play. For a small festival like us, it was a very great honour to have someone of his calibre here.

“We were delighted to be able to welcome him back after his very successful concert with the European Brandenburg Ensemble. He last played for us in Hadleigh in 2007.”

The concert was attended by more than 200 people, and the festival, which specialises in music up to 1800 and which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, has its next performance in sight.

On Monday, May 30, at St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh, there will be a concert of JS Bach’s Magnificat in D major with the Essex Baroque Orchestra, featuring soprano Claire Tomlin, counter tenor Timothy Kenworthy-Brown, tenor Tom Raskin and baritone Giles Davies.

For further information and tickets, visit www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com or call 01206 366603.