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The Alehouse Sessions

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The energy flying from his bow was an inspiration, and spoke to the credence of his seamless integration of geographies. Regarded as Norway’s national instrument, the Hardanger fiddle is the product of a long evolution beginning in medieval times. There’s humour and plenty of back-chat in the muscular shanties ‘Haul away Joe’ and ‘Pass around the grog’, fleet-footed folk fiddling and irresistibly syncopated rhythms in the Travel Set and the Canadian Set – each weaving together a sequence of traditional tunes – while ballads such as the lovely ‘I drew my ship’ (exquisitely arranged by Eike himself for soloist Tom Guthrie and cloudy strings, bright-flecked with harmonics) give welcome moments of pause and pathos. Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat.

Everyone in the Barokksolistene is expected to sing, dance, move, play multiple instruments and generally have fun. Some four centuries later, the Barokksolistene created the Alehouse Sessions, a project in which they perform folk melodies, sea-shanties, bawdy ballads and cheeky ditties alongside ayres and dances by Purcelland Playford in homage to the sonic world of 17th century tavern music. Barokksolistene’s signature project “The Alehouse Sessions”, devised and curated by Bjarte Eike, has been made into a film for television.We have a great line of music for everyone, with professional lighting, stage and sound all weekend.

First an album from 2017 as well as a series of performances, The Alehouse Sessions has now been turned into a film for television, to be broadcast on BBC Four on 23 April. We pride ourselves on using local suppliers where we can so are delighted to be working with DG MUSIC to bring you this mini festival of the best in live music, beer and food! Londoners are spoiled for choice — but have you ever floated back to a 17th century tavern by way of classical music?

Since 2007 he and his Barokksolistene ensemble have taken over venues from London’s Middle Temple Hall to a motorcycle club outside Oslo (the bikers moved their Harleys out on to the street to make room). Forty years on, Eike has taken that restless energy and curiosity and channelled it into one of music’s most exhilarating, anarchic projects: the Alehouse Sessions. But perhaps most exciting are the relationships the disc establishes between Purcell’s music and the nicely spoken melodies from Playford’s English Dancing Master and their bastard musical relations in other genres. Dreamed up and curated by Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike, “The Alehouse Sessions” takes audiences along on a 17th century evening of entertainment, not only with a live classical performance, but also through theatrical storytelling, folk, strings, improvisation, and dance. They also brought great humor to their presentation, interrupting their opening number, for instance, to play out a drunken brawl in slow motion.

The rest – harmony, rhythm combination of instruments – is completely for us to reimagine, and it’s so liberating. The film will be available online shortly after broadcast on Sunday 23rd April, 9pm and can be found here. Some of the collected data includes the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. This was immediately followed by a version of Purcell's “Lead Me” that was even more resolutely alive than the album version.The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers.

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