Music in the Round

Baroque Britain

Avison Ensemble

LOCKE Suite in G from The Broken Consort Part 1
PURCELL Sonata No.3 in D minor from Sonnata’s of 3 Parts
HANDEL Keyboard Suite in F HWV 427
MARZIS Sonata for Cello in F
AVISON Trio Sonata in D Op.1 No.6
GEMINIANI Trio Sonata No.2 in D minor
VERACINI Violin Sonata in C Op.1 No.9
HANDEL Trio Sonata in G Op.5 No.4

We are delighted to welcome the Avison Ensemble , one of the country’s foremost period instrument ensembles, to perform a programme of music by the leading composers working in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. England, and particularly London, was a magnet for foreign musicians, and concert audiences flocked to hear the latest musical styles as they arrived from continental Europe.

Handel dominated the music scene, but Pasqualino de Marzis and Francesco Maria Veracini were just two of many itinerant musicians who came to London in the eighteenth century. The group’s namesake, Charles Avison, studied in London with Francesco Geminiani , an Italian composer who lived in London for much of his compositional career, before going on to become England’s most prolific producer of Concerti Grossi and running an extremely successful and long-lived concert series in his home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Wed 15 May 7:45pm £5.00 - £15.00


Located within the Crucible building, the Studio Theatre has a flexible design allowing the seating to be adjusted to play on one, two or three sides or in the round. Seating in the Studio is unreserved.
The Studio hosts a mix of small-scale in-house and touring productions, as well as hosting the acclaimed Ensemble 360's tri-annual Music in the Round Festival.

  • 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA
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