Gabrieli Consort & Players

Purcell The Fairy Queen and King Arthur

Gabrieli will edit and publish, perform and record two of Purcell’s most popular works, The Fairy Queen and King Arthur. The project's legacy will be two excellent new performing editions and energetic, joyous new recordings celebrating these masterpieces of early Baroque theatre.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1114146)

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Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£20,525

Donations

57

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Situation

In the 1980s and 1990s there were several new recordings of these operas, but very few new recordings of the works have been made in in the intervening decades. Today there are few up to date recordings available and therefore for anyone without the means to attend concerts regularly, the repertoire has become out of reach. Performers, meanwhile, struggle to interpret and perform from outdated editions with many editing errors, thanks to conflicting, often missing, original sources

Solution

Informed Purcell interpretations have changed radically in recent decades. Gabrieli are standard-bearers for excellence in the scholarship and performance of this repertoire. We will deliver excellent new print editions (informed by years of performance, forensic research of early sources and an understanding of contemporary playing techniques) and 2 definitive new recordings that will both satisfy the baroque expert and entice new listeners, revelling in the music’s elegance, joy and wit.

  • 'Purcell doesn't come much better than this ... there was plenty to delight the ear'

    — The Times, 6 November 2018

  • 'One of the continuing successes of the Gabrieli‚Äôs and their director Paul McCreesh is their ability to reinvent themselves and to continually question and push boundaries in their approach to their music making ‚Ķ a compelling and exuberant performance.'

    — Early Music Reviews, November 2018

  • 'The familiar music, handled with love, lively musicianship and educated imagination, gets to speak for itself.'

    — Robert Thicknesse, The Critics' Circle, November 2018

  • 'The familiar music, handled with love, lively musicianship and educated imagination, gets to speak for itself.'

    — Robert Thicknesse, The Critics' Circle, November 2018

  • 'One of the continuing successes of the Gabrieli’s and their director Paul McCreesh is their ability to reinvent themselves and to continually question and push boundaries in their approach to their music making … a compelling and exuberant performance.'

    — Early Music Reviews, November 2018

  • 'Purcell doesn't come much better than this ... there was plenty to delight the ear'

    — The Times, 6 November 2018