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Ensemble Moliere performs works by Handel, Duphly, Erlebach and Courbois

Friday September 13, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Ouverture, from Pièces pour clavecin, 3ième livre - Jacques Duphly
  2. Ariane, from Cinquième cantate à voix seule et violon - Philippe Courbois
  3. Sonata seconda in E minor, for violin, viola da gamba and continuo - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach
  4. Arias - George Frideric Handel

Ensemble Molière was formed by participants of the Dartington International Summer School and is based in London with performers from Japan, the UK, Germany and Australia. The ensemble have performed throughout the UK and Europe; including performances at the MAfestival fringe in Brugge and the Oudemuziek fringe in Utrecht. 2017 has seen the ensemble make their debut at the London Festival of Baroque Music as part of their Future Artists Scheme and compete as finalists in the International Young Artists Competition at the York Early Music Festival. The ensemble has also premiered their first cross art opera project Pygmalion, part funded by Arts Council England and supported by Stroud Green Festival and BREMF. Ensemble Molière has been invited to perform live on BBC3 In Tune with highlights from Pygmalion and also their spoken word and music programme, 'Medicine and Mortality'. They have also recorded their first EP, a collection of French baroque dance movements entitled, 'Dance Sweets'. They are Making Music Selected Artists 2019-2020.

British/Australian soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell is based in London, where she was recently awarded both 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Handel Singing Competition. Lauren studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Australian sopranos Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny, and at the Queensland Conservatorium with Margaret Schindler. Later this year, Lauren will join the 9th edition of Le Jardin des Voix, the young artist programme of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.

At the Guildhall School Lauren was the winner of the Susan Longfield Prize and the Franz Schubert Institut Lieder Competition. The latter awarded her a full scholarship to study at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria. Lauren was the winner of the inaugural Cheltenham Bach Choir Competition, the Schubert Society Song Prize at the London Song Festival, and a Semi Finalist in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition with duo partner, Michael Sikich.

Opera roles include Princess The Hogboon (LSO, conductor Simon Rattle), which Opera Magazine described as "given with touching simplicity and luminous vocal beauty"; Venus Venus and Adonis, Amore Il ballo delle ingrate (Brighton Early Music Festival); Gretel Hansel and Gretel (Iford Arts); Tante Friedelena The Great Passion (Dartington International Festival); Ensemble The Return of Ulysses (ROH, Roundhouse); Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen, Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, A Woman/The Plaint The Fairy Queen (all Queensland Conservatorium); Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Sound Thinking Summer School); Matsya Floods (Queensland Conservatorium/Brisbane Festival, World Premiere).

Recent concert engagements include a recital of Handel arias with the Southbank Sinfonia; Handel Messiah (London Handel Orchestra); Bach St Matthew Passion (Dartington International Festival); Bach B minor Mass (Cheltenham Bach Choir); Bach Cantatas 71, 76, 129, 172 (Tilford Bach Society); Bach Christmas Oratorio; Schubert Mass in G; Rutter Magnificat. Lauren performed as a soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Guildhall Consort, most recently performing Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra at the Barbican Hall.

A keen recitalist, Lauren has performed in recital at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Leicester International Music Festival, London Song Festival, LSO St Luke’s and the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. A member of the Guildhall Song Guild directed by Graham Johnson OBE, Lauren has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Elly Ameling, Richard Stokes, Dame Emma Kirkby and Dame Felicity Lott.

Lauren’s upcoming engagements include Serpetta La finta giardiniera (Les Arts Florissants), and a performance of Burying the Dead with early music ensemble Ceruleo at the Ryedale Festival.

Lauren is grateful for the generous support from the Carpenters' Company (Henry Osborne Award), the Australia Day Foundation UK Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Carne Trust, and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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