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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Brook Street Band launches Muffat Festival

11:30, 15th November 2017

The Brook Street Band (BSB) has announced a weekend-long celebration of the works of Georg Muffat (1653-1704).

The three-day event will take place 23-25 February 2018 at St John’s Smith Square, and follows the success of the ensemble’s love:Handel Festival earlier in 2017.

The core members of the Brook Street Band (Rachel Harris, Farran Scott, Tatty Theo and Carolyn Gibley) will be joined by an extended line-up of performers. Flautist Lisete da Silva will perform Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B minor, dance mistress Philippa Waite will lead a session on French dance steps such bourée, minuet, sarabande and gigue (all with live music), and Tatty Theo will give an illustrated talk about Muffat’s life, music and legacy.

The festival is family friendly, with young people encouraged to participate.

Theo, the group’s founder and festival curator said: ‘Muffat was an enigmatic man, and a quick glance through most music books will tell you that not a lot has been written about him. This festival gives us the chance to redress this balance, show off his wonderful music and present a broader picture of this man, explaining just why his musical developments were so crucial for latter composers such as Corelli, Bach and Handel!’



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