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I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Head on a journey upstream with Handel
On Sunday 19 August, one of Brisbane's finest Baroque ensembles will present a concert of music by English composers of the Baroque era, led by guest director and harpsichordist Peter Ellis. The program includes music by Purcell, Woodcock, Clarke, Boyce and Handel, including music from "The Water Music" Suites.

St Andrew's Uniting
St. Andrew's Uniting Church is a lovely space for the setting of such beautiful music.

In the beautiful setting of St. Andrew's Uniting Church, on the corner of Creek and Ann Streets, the ensemble will present a concert as would have been heard in the 1700's. Performing on period instruments, with tuning much lower than our modern ears are used to hearing, audiences will be charmed by the intensity and rawness of the music. Listeners will be transported to an age of garden parties, chivalry and beauty.

Handel's Water Music is the subject of a number of urban legends, mostly to do with Handel trying to win the favour of King George I. What is known, is that the first performance of the Water Music suites occurred at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 17 July 1717, when the King and several aristocrats boarded a royal barge at Whitehall Palace, for an excursion up the Thames toward Chelsea. Another barge containing about fifty musicians performed Handel's music during the journey. Many other Londoners also took to the river to hear the concert. The King was so pleased with the Water Music that he ordered it to be repeated at least three times.

Baroque Brisbane
Members of the Ensemble play on period instruments

The director of the ensemble for this concert, Peter Ellis, comes to the group with a wealth of experience. He grew up in Halifax in the United Kingdom where he studied, violin, organ and conducting. After years singing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus which regularly performs for the BBC Proms concerts, Peter migrated to Sydney, where he is currently Director of Choral Programs at Barker's College. He has performed extensively as a harpsichordist and continuo player and was a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program.

Peter Ellis
Peter Ellis will lead the orchestra in this concert

Repertoire for the concert includes Purcell's Abdelazer Suite for Strings 'the moor's revenge', Jermiah Clarke's Suite in D, Symphony no. 5 by William Boyce and selections from "Handel's Water Music". A special treat will be the Woodcock Concert no.7 for Transverse Flute, performed by Queensland Conservatorium Masters graduate, Sandy Chou.

Tickets are available at the door (cash or EFTPOS) or by calling 0404946839. Prices are $35/$30/$20. You can find out more about Brisbane Baroque (a not for profit organization) by visiting their Website.
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Why? English Masterworks presented on period instruments
When: 3pm
Phone: 0404 946839
Where: St. Andrew's Uniting Church
Cost: Adults $35, Students $30, Children $20
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