An Evening of Song: Les Amours Baroques

sandham concert 2017 Hannah Medlam

Local singer Hannah Medlam, together with father Charles Medlam on the bass viol, and London thoerbo player William Carter will present a programme of songs and court airs from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, interspersed with instrumental items on their period instruments. Saturday 9 September 6pm - 8pm. £15 booking 0344 249 1895.

Hannah studied singing in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and Marseilles, before taking to the opera stage in Holland (Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème), Montpellier (Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen) and Limoges (Lady Pamela in Aubert’s Fra Diabolo). She opted for a period of further study in Rome to improve her bel canto and spoken Italian and is now firmly back on the concert stage with engagements in England, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Japan planned for the 2017/18 season. She sings frequently with London Baroque and has recently discovered the lute song repertoire. She will perform songs for the restoration stage by Henry Purcell, court airs by Michel Lambert, church and chamber works by Monteverdi, and Handel’s only French cantata in imitation of domestic Parisian music-making at the turn of the eighteenth century. 

Charles will play a series of bass viol pieces on his 1689 Barack Norman. These will go from the sublime, Marin Marais’ lament for his teacher Jean de St. Colombe, to the ridiculous, a description of a bladder stone operation! The theorbo is the largest of the lute family instruments and has a series of bass courses, as well as the normal strings above a fingerboard. William Carter will also be playing some virtuoso music on the baroque guitar.  The musicians will introduce their instruments and their sometimes unfamiliar  music.

Born in Florida, WILLIAM CARTER received a rigorous but conventional training as a classical guitarist with Bruce Holzman at The Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. Following initial guidance from Pat O’Brien in New York City, he travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar where he studied the lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments.  He is an enthusiastic teacher and Professor of Baroque Studies and Lute at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 

CHARLES MEDLAM studied the cello in London, Paris, Vienna and Salzburg before becoming interested in the bass viol and early performing styles.  After a year lecturing and playing in the resident string quartet at the Chinese University of Hong Kong he returned to Europe and studied with Maurice Gendron at the Paris Conservatoire, Wolfang Herzer in Vienna and subsequently cello with Heidi Litschauer and performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg.  After graduating with distinction from the Mozarteum he pursued his interest in the viol on frequent courses with Wieland Kuijken. He founded London Baroque with Ingrid Seifert in 1978 and has played some 2700 concerts with the group world-wide.  His bass viol is a Barak Norman made in London in 1689, which has had a seventh string added for the French repertoire.  His book “Approaches to the Bach Suites” was published in 2014.

Charles Medlam & William Carter
Sandham concert 2017 William Carter & theorbo
Charles Medlam & William Carter

The evening's programme is as follows



Henry Purcell                     If music be the food of love - Music for a while                                 


John Weldon                     Take, O take those lips away                                                      


Antoine Forqueray                   La Régente - La Du Vaucel - La Morangis      


Michel Lambert                Rochers,vous êtes sourds - Goutons le doux repos -                      

1610-1696                    - Ombre de mon amant - Celle qui fait mon tourment


Claudio Monteverdi        O Quam tu pulchra es  - Laudate Dominum -       

1567-1643                            Si dolce e’l tormento      - Quel Sguardo 

Gaspar Sanz                 Sonata for baroque guitar

[fl. 1690]

G.F. Handel                        La Cantate Française                                                     

1685-1759                            Sans y penser, à Tirsis j'ay su plaire

Charles Medlam               Bass viol,  Barack Norman,  London 1689

William Carter    Theorbo

G.F. Handel                   La Cantate Française                                          

1685-1759                     Sans y penser, à Tirsis j'ay su plaire

Charles Medlam Bass viol,  Barack Norman,  London 1689

William Carter   Theorbo

Saturday 9 September 6pm - 8pm. £15 booking 0344 249 1895.