Arion Orchestre Baroque: Royal Harmonies

Music has always brought an added lustre to both sacred and secular ceremonies. During the English Baroque period, alongside anthems for voice and orchestra performed at church services, equally lavish compositions enhanced all kinds of events. Henry Purcell, for example, composed his ode Come ye Sons of Art for the birthday of Queen Mary II in 1694. William Boyce presented his ode O be Joyful in God all ye Lands for the installation of the new chancellor of Cambridge University in 1749, which Arion and the SMAM (Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal) will perform for you in its North American premiere.

Andrew McAnerney, guest conductor

Andrew McAnerney was raised in the British choral tradition and studied music at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, consort singer, soloist and arranger. Since moving to Canada in 2013, Andrew has worked with a range of professional choirs and orchestras including Arion Baroque Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Chamber Players of Canada, Elmer Iseler Singers, Elora Singers, Chœur Louisbourg and La Rose des Vents. Andrew was appointed artistic director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 2015. A former Tallis Scholar, Andrew McAnerney has performed with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles and is credited on over 50 recordings including the music of Bach, Brumel, Clemens non Papa, Crequillon, Gombert, Handel, Lotti, Morales, Moulu, Mozart, Palestrina, Phinot, Purcell and Rore. Andrew’s début CD with the Studio Laudate dominum, featuring music by Lassus, was released by ATMA classic in 2017. Andrew is passionate about musical excellence and accessibility. He regularly prepares his own early music performance scores from original sources, and is fascinated with presenting rediscovered works.

Arion Orchestre BaroqueProgram
Henry Purcell
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Z47
William Boyce
O be Joyful in God all ye Lands (Canadian premiere)
William Hayes
Sinfonia in D minor: Andante – Largo – Allegro – Andante
Henry Purcell
Come, Ye Sons of Art, Z323

At Bourgie Hall
Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 4:00pm
Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 2:30pm

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