Friday Rush Hour: The Siren of Heaven
Friday Rush Hour: The Siren of Heaven

Friday Rush Hour: The Siren of Heaven

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
26 May 2017
  • Music
Join us for a lively introduction to the life and times of Francesca Caccini, the seventeenth-century Italian composer, in this early evening concert

Doors 17:15, concert 17:30 | Tickets £5, £3 concessions & Foundling Friends

Francesca Caccini (1587-1640) held a unique position as composer for the Medici Court for twenty years, home to one of Italy’s most powerful families. Her one published collection, Il primo libro delle musiche, offers a glimpse into her methodologies as a composer and teacher, and is notable for the variety of its musical genres and vocal ornamentation. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the official approval by Cosimo II of Il primo libro, soprano Juliet Fraser and lutenist Jamie Akers present a selection of her rarely heard songs, alongside stories of her life told by musicologist Anna Beer.

Juliet Fraser has performed in the UK with such groups as the Monteverdi Choir, The King’s Consort and The Tallis Scholars and abroad with early music specialists Gli Angeli Genève and Collegium Vocale Gent. She is in high demand as a contemporary music soloist, commissioning and performing new works at festivals around the world.

Jamie Akers studied lute and early guitars at the Royal College of Music, and following a Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music, began a varied career as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and session musician. He has performed and recorded with many leading ensembles and soloists including English National Opera, Dame Emma Kirkby and Damon Albarn.

Anna Beer is a cultural historian, who is a Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and the author of Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music (2016, Oneworld). She makes regular appearances on the radio and in print.

The Foundling Museum Café will stay open until 18:00, serving a selection of drinks and snacks for visitors to enjoy before the concert.

The Foundling Museum is a registered charity and all income from ticket sales supports our work.