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Sense & Sensibility

When: 8th February 2020 7pm

Tickets available here


William Jackson (1730 – 1803)

Sonata Op. 2 n. 3 in g minor for harpsichord and violin [Allegro / Dolce con affetto – un poco più presto]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

12 Variations on 'La bergère Célimène', K.359/374a


Felice Giardini (1716 – 1796)

Sonata Op. 3 n. 2 in C major for harpsichord and violin [Andante Assai / Allegro]

Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari (1763 – 1842)

Sonata Op. 25 n. 3 in G Major for harpsichord and violin [Allegro / Andante con espressione / Scherzo e Trio / Vivace ]

Performers on period instruments

Despina Homatidou, harpsichord

Simone Laghi, violin

During the break there will be light refreshment and a wine tasting offered by RD Selection – Italian food and fine wine emporter.

In the second part of the eighteenth century, London was one of the most important centre of the European musical scene. Apart from the several public concert halls, music was part of the social activities of the rising bourgeoisie and of the aristocracy. The thriving music publishing market provided a continuous stream of new compositions by local and foreign composers. The Opera season at the King’s Theatre attracted several violinists, singers, dancers and composers from Italy and France, many of whom then established in the British capital for the rest of their lives and played a major role in the development of the British musical environment.

This program was created to recreate the atmosphere of the time and to present the music that people usually performed in private concerts to entertain themselves and their families and friends, in informal gatherings that often took place on a weekly basis. Pleasant and light melodies from the popular stage works were adapted and arranged for instruments such as violin, flute, harpsichord and string quartet. This concert will recreate the informal and pleasant atmosphere of those musical parties, presenting some delightful compositions by some of the most eminent musicians of those years.

About the performers

Both performers, Despina Homatidou (Greece) and Simone Laghi (Italy), are specialised in Historical Perfomance Practice and have been living and working in Cardiff for several years.

Despina, after studying in Greece, gained her diploma in the harpsichord at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff and her Master Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She has been teaching at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 2012.

Simone obtained his viola and violin diploma in Italy, then went to study Early Music and Baroque Violin in Amsterdam. In 2017 he obtained a PhD in Performance at Cardiff University and he is specialised in Italian 18th-century composers who lived in England and Wales. He is currently working as a freelance editor and musician, performing with several European orchestras and publishing recordings with his group, Ensemble Symposium.

For more information: [email protected] or 07780921902

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