Discover the life and work of 18th-century trumpet player, John Grano, in this short film.
Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of 18th-century trumpet player, John Grano.
In this film, Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of trumpeter, flautist and composer John Baptist Grano (c.1692-1748). Exploring items in the Museum’s archives, she uncovers his career working under the direction of Handel at the opera house in London’s Haymarket – and his imprisonment for debt in the notorious Marshalsea prison. The film also features clips of Foulkes performing some of Grano’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.