The Genius of Henry Purcell: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst

The Genius of Henry Purcell: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst


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Join lecturer and recitalist Peter Medhurst live from his piano in London for a musical conversation that will put English composer Henry Purcell’s genius in context.

Despite the fact that Henry Purcell (1659-95) met an early death at the age of 36, many things came right for him during the course of his career. For example, he was fortunate to be born into a household where music was the family trade, he secured as an adult a string of royal appointments, and he lived at a time when there was a renewed flowering of English music creating a healthy rivalry between himself and other high flying composers. However, pinning down Purcell’s compositional style is not quite as easy as one might imagine, since his music is an ingenious fusion of homegrown English techniques with the latest Italian ideas. The lecture sets out to get to the heart of Purcell’s style, to reveal one of the most remarkable musical geniuses of all time.

Led by a musician and scholar, Peter Medhurst, this interactive seminar will explore the life and work of Henry Purcell through discussion and live performance. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of what it is that gives Purcell’s music its unique sound.

This conversation is part of a musical series with Peter Medhurst. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied composition and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music in London, and singing with Erik Werba at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is known today for his lecture-recital work which has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as to all the major cities in Europe. He lectures for The Arts Society, The National Trust, and The Art Fund. Peter also leads tours abroad to places like Venice, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, and Madrid, and as part of the time spent exploring these places he gives organ recitals on the historic instruments in the various cathedrals and churches.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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K.S.
Live music even during this pandemic!

It was soul-refreshing to hear live music again, and the accompanying talk revealed much about one of my favorite composers. I love the talks in this series and hope there will be many more!

M
M.
Excellent as always.

I love Peter. He is always interesting to listen and learn from. Little sidesteps into M&S or an Italian dinner for cultural reference with Purcell engage the viewer. I’d love to meet him in reality!

S
S.
Lovely mixture of music & fun

This was a lovely experience with such a nice mixture of Peter's musicianship and knowledge of Henry Purcell's works. Truly an eye opener about music that should be heard more often. I greatly appreciated Peter's enthusiasm and manner of delivering his depth of knowledge. Definitely will take more of his sessions.

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L.A.D.
Henry Purcell Lisa Dimberg Review

The program - both Peter's narrative and the musical excerpts that he played - was extremely well organized and wonderfully presented.

M
M.R.
A new appreciation for Purcell

Wonderful conversation! Peter is an expert guide and a brilliant artist in his own right. His affection for Purcell's works shone through in his lyrical performance and insightful commentary. He made even complex musical theory understandable and interesting. Loved every minute. Looking forward to future offerings!

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
88%
(7)
13%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
K.S.
Live music even during this pandemic!

It was soul-refreshing to hear live music again, and the accompanying talk revealed much about one of my favorite composers. I love the talks in this series and hope there will be many more!

M
M.
Excellent as always.

I love Peter. He is always interesting to listen and learn from. Little sidesteps into M&S or an Italian dinner for cultural reference with Purcell engage the viewer. I’d love to meet him in reality!

S
S.
Lovely mixture of music & fun

This was a lovely experience with such a nice mixture of Peter's musicianship and knowledge of Henry Purcell's works. Truly an eye opener about music that should be heard more often. I greatly appreciated Peter's enthusiasm and manner of delivering his depth of knowledge. Definitely will take more of his sessions.

L
L.A.D.
Henry Purcell Lisa Dimberg Review

The program - both Peter's narrative and the musical excerpts that he played - was extremely well organized and wonderfully presented.

M
M.R.
A new appreciation for Purcell

Wonderful conversation! Peter is an expert guide and a brilliant artist in his own right. His affection for Purcell's works shone through in his lyrical performance and insightful commentary. He made even complex musical theory understandable and interesting. Loved every minute. Looking forward to future offerings!