Online | London Theatre Stories: Giovanni Steffano Carbonelli

Online | London Theatre Stories: Giovanni Steffano Carbonelli

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04 Sep 2020 — 31 Dec 2020
  • Music
Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of 18th-century violinist, Giovanni Steffano Carbonelli.

In this film, Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of Giovanni Steffano Carbonelli (c.1700-1772), one of the leading Italian violinist-composers active in London in the 18th century. Reportedly a pupil of Corelli in Rome, he arrived in London in or before 1719, working for a decade as leader of the orchestra at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The film explores related items in the Museum’s archives, and also features clips of Foulkes performing some of Carbonelli’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.