Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of 18th-century oboist, Jean Christian Kytch
Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of 18th-century oboist, Jean Christian Kytch.
In this film, Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and works of the oboist Jean Christian Kytch (d.1738). This Dutch musician was part of the London theatre scene by the early 1700s, and performed arias from Handel’s operas as instrumental pieces during theatrical intervals – on the oboe, recorder or bassoon. He also worked for the Duke of Chandos, and may well have been the oboist Handel was thinking of in writing his so-called Chandos Anthems. The film explores related items in the Museum’s archives, and also features clips of Foulkes performing music of the period.
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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