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Workshops/Festivals 2010: (UK) Versailles and the 24 Violons du Roi (21-25 June, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 17, 2010


In a stunning coup for the Royal College of Music, our Historical Perofrmance team led by Ashley Solomon are delighted to present the first appearance in 250 years of some very special instruments.
Founded in 1626 under Louis XIII, and directed by Lully among others,the "King's 24 Strings" (six violins, twelve violas, six bass violins) is often described as the world's first orchestra. Virtually all of the original instruments have been lost. However they have now been recreated by leading luthiers Antoine Laulhère and Giovanna Chitto.

MONDAY 21 JUNE
  •  11.00 Ashley Solomon, introduction and welcome
  •  11.15 - 12.15 Antoine Laulhere & Giovanna Chitto - the luthiers responsible for the instruments
  •  12.30 - 13.20 "The violin at the French royal court (1581-1725): dance, drama and ceremonial." Peter Bennett Assist. Prof Case Western Reserve
  •  15.00 - 18.00 Open orchestra rehearsal with 24 violons du roi, Patrick Cohen-Akénine

TUESDAY 22 JUNE
  •  10.00 - 13.00 Chamber music workshop, Patrick Cohen-Akénine
  •  15.00 - 18.00 Open orchestral rehearsal, Ingrid Seifert

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE
  •   10.30 - 13.30 Chamber music workshop, Ingrid Seifert
  •   14.00 - 14.30 "An Introduction to the 24 Violons du Roi" Benjamin Narvey (Institute of Musical Research)
  •   14.30 - 15.30 "The Band of Violins at the Court of Charles IX in France" Ben Hebbert (University of Oxford)
  •   15.30 - 16.30 "Lully and Before: the creation of the French Orchestra", Dr Peter Holman
  •   17.30 - 20.30 Open orchestral rehearsal, Sir Roger Norrington

THURSDAY 24 JUNE
  •   10.30 - 13.30 Open orchestral rehearsal, Sir Roger Norrington
  •   15.00 - 18.00 Open orchestral rehearsal, Sir Roger Norrington

FRIDAY 25 JUNE
  •   10.00 - 11.00 "Gut strings in Transition: Tradition and Experimentation at the Court of Louis XIV", Oliver Webber
  •   11.00 - 13.00 Baroque dance workshop, Kay Norrington
  •   14.00 - 17.00 Open orchestral rehearsal, Sir Roger Norrington
  •   18.00 Concert - Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall Sir Roger Norrington, director

Friday's concert presents the first performance to feature all twelve violas and an opportunity to hear the rich inner voices that gave the
orchestra its unique sound.

The concert includes orchestral music as well as smaller chamber groups, enabling audiences to hear these incredible instruments in detail. Repertoire comprises 17th and 18th century music written for the orchestra, using brand new editions being produced from original manuscripts held at Versailles.

Admission to all events (apart from the final concert) is free of charge, and no ticket is required.

Visit the RCM Website for more information.