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‘Music in Art’ – a ‘virtual’ Zoom even from The Merchant’s House
30 May @ 7:30 pm
This is a live online event. You will need to access a password-protected Zoom Meeting online. You won’t need a Zoom account. After purchasing your ticket you will be sent an email with full details of exactly what you need to do. (You will receive an automatic confirmation email immediately after purchasing your ticket. The additional details will be sent to you during normal working hours as this has to be done manually.)
The Merchant’s House are trying hard to make sure this event can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Included in your ticket price is access to a live technical help meeting the previous day when you can check that you are correctly set-up and able to access the online event. Telephone help to support is offered if necessary.
Music in Art – presented by Sophie Matthews
About the presentation
Sophie Matthews explores the links between the visual and the aural in this one-hour presentation. Drawing on the works of great painters including Brueghel, Hogarth and Rigaud, Sophie presents a feast of images featuring historical woodwind instruments in their original social context interspersed with live performances of historical music using authentic instruments. Please note that although Sophie will demonstrate several of her solo instruments live during the online presentation, she normally uses a “looping” system to create an ensemble effect. There have been technical difficulties in getting this to work correctly online, so for the ensemble demonstrations Sophie will use some pre-recorded pieces. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.
Sophie began playing flute at the age of ten but is now more well-known for her prowess on the English border bagpipes and has become one of the foremost players of the instrument in the UK. She also plays a variety of early woodwind instruments such as shawm, rauschpfeife and recorder. She’s also one of a handful of British players of the baroque musette, an 18th century French bagpipe similar to the Northumbrian smallpipes.
Sophie is also recognised as a superb interpreter of narrative song with a clear, pure and unaffected soprano voice. When not touring with GreenMatthews, Sophie also makes instruments (she made her own baroque oboe) and works with respected luthier Tony Millyard on his flutes. She’s previously worked with The Oxford Waits as well as the respected early music collective Piva. Sophie is self-taught on all of her instruments.
This live online presentation starts at 7:30pm and will last about one hour, followed by a live question and answer session.
Tickets £12 (£9 for Friends of The Merchant’s House)
All profits in aid of The Merchant’s House (Marlborough) Trust. Charity No: 1010902