Loulé Ancient Music Meeting has already started

Renowned national and international chamber groups, specialized in this repertoire, participate

The XXIII Loulé Ancient Music Meeting – Francisco Rosado kicked off this Saturday, October 7th, to bring lots of music to the municipality's churches until the 29th.

As has happened since its inception, this year renowned national and international chamber groups, specialized in this repertoire, will participate in this event.

On Saturday, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, in Querença, received the Portuguese group Iberian Ensemble, which presented a program inspired by the Baroque period, to the sound of the most popular instruments of the time such as the harpsichord, the baroque flute, violins and the viola da gamba.

This Sunday, lovers of classical music will have the opportunity to hear, see and feel, at Cerca do Convento Espírito Santo, a multidisciplinary show with Astrea Ensemble, which, in addition to ancient music performed with voice, theorbo and baroque harp, expresses a heartfelt tribute to Women, with contemporary dance as a complementary element.

The concert by the renowned English consort follows Palisander, with a fresh approach to recorders, which adds themes of magic, poetry and sung words to ancient music, in a unique and innovative show that takes place in the renovated Igreja Matriz de Loulé, on October 14th.

The following weekend, the proposals are also appealing. The Emperor's Clavier is the theme of the concert that takes place at the Church of S. Sebastião de Boliqueime, on October 21st, by the two Spanish ensembles – All the tones and airs e Íliber Ensemble.

In this concert, the public will have the opportunity to hear, for the first time in Portugal, a fusion between ancient Western and Eastern music, with period instruments from both regions.

On Sunday, 22nd, at the Church of Nossa Senhora de Alte, the Loulé Flute Ensemble invites the consort of violas da gamba from the Coimbra Conservatory for a concert that aims to disseminate the pedagogical work carried out in the Music Schools of both regions, through from an exchange celebrating early music to instrumental consorts.

On the 28th, at the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição de Quarteira, vocal music will be the queen of the concert Capella Praetensis, a group based in Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), with an a capella vocal program that pays homage to the work of Josquin Deprez, during his stay in Rome in the XNUMXth/XNUMXth centuries.

To close the 23rd Meeting, on the 29th, the Atlanticus Trio, brings together the harmonies of the voice, viola da gamba and harpsichord with the unique beauty of the hermitage of S. Lourenço de Almancil, with a program entirely dedicated to ancient music composers.

All concerts have free entry, starting at 19pm, except for Alte, scheduled for 00pm.

The event will promote a strong pedagogical component, through the offering of a traverso (baroque flute) workshop, a baroque strings workshop, both on the 6th, a recorder masterclass, on the 15th, and a reading workshop by facsimile (old sheet music), on the 28th. Registration via email [email protected] or phone 969433541.

This Meeting was born in 1998, by the hands of Francisco Rosado, its creator and promoter, in an organization of the Loulé City Council with artistic direction by Ana Figueiras, since 2015.

It is a pioneering festival in the Algarve region, which aims to promote the enjoyment of music that was made more than 300 years ago, its cultural context, its historical significance and the way it was inserted into Western society.

Year after year, it has gained a loyal following, especially foreigners who live or spend holidays here.