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Countertenor Duets with Iestyn Davies and The King's Consort

James joins Iestyn Davies and The King’s Consort at Wigmore Hall to explore a programme of duets, including Purcell’s heartfelt elegy to Queen Mary and Blow’s ravishing tribute on the tragic death of Purcell.


Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)

Come, ye sons of art, away Z323

  • Sound the trumpet

  • Hail, bright Cecilia Z328

    • In vain the am'rous flute

    • O solitude, my sweetest choice Z406

  • The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any Rather than Fail Z601

    • No, resistance is but vain

  • Dioclesian Z627

    • Chaconne - two in one upon a ground

John Blow (1648-1708)

  • Ah heav'n! what is't I hear

Henry Purcell

  • Bonduca, or The British Heroine Z574

    • Sing, sing ye Druids

  • Dioclesian Z627

    • Since from my dear

    • O dive custos Auriacae domus (Ode on the death of Queen Mary) Z504


John Blow

  • Paratum cor meum

Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674)

  • Lord, I have sinned

    • Wilt thou forgive that sin (A Hymne to God the Father)

William Williams

  • Sonata in imitation of birds

John Blow

  • An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell

Earlier Event: December 14
Messiah at the Temple Winter Festival
Later Event: January 19
Purcell: A Celebration!