Online | London Theatre Stories: Pietro Castrucci

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19 Feb 2021 — 31 Dec 2021
  • Music

Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and work of 18th-century violinist, Pietro Castrucci.

In this film, Olwen Foulkes introduces the life and works of violinist Pietro Castrucci (1679-1752). Born in Italy, Castrucci travelled to London and worked as the leader of Handel’s orchestra at the Haymarket Theatre. He and his brother even invented a new instrument that the two men played in Handel’s opera Orlando in 1733. And if that weren’t enough, Castrucci may well be the model for Hogarth’s The Enraged Musician. The film explores related items in the Museum’s archives, and also features clips of Foulkes performing music by Castrucci.

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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