Online | London Theatre Stories: James Paisable

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19 Feb 2021 — 31 May 2021
  • Music

Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of 17th-century recorder player, James Paisable.

In this film, Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of the recorder player James Paisable (1656-1721). Trained at the court of Versailles before moving to London as a teenager, Paisable was one of the first musicians to introduce the Baroque recorder to England. He is also associated with Handel’s Rinaldo, and a witty tale about some dramatically deployed sparrows. The film explores related items in the Museum’s archives, and also features clips of Foulkes performing some of Paisable’s works in the Museum’s Picture Gallery.

London Theatre Stories is a selection of films made by Olwen Foulkes during lockdown, exploring the lives of musicians working in London theatre orchestras in the eighteenth century. Foulkes is a recorder player who has performed at the Museum on several occasions. She has worked with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Players, Monteverdi String Band, and La Serenissima. She is particularly interested in curating performances in partnership with specific collections and has recently collaborated with Handel & Hendrix in London, the Foundling Museum, the British Museum and the British Library. She has released two solo albums on Barn Cottage Records (Indoor Fireworks, 2019 and Directed by Handel, 2018) and is currently working on a PhD researching the practices of recorder players working in London between 1670-1730.

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