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Saturday 31 July 2021

Ashley Solomon and Musicians from the Royal College of Music Historical Performance Faculty

Purcell: Suite and songs from The Fairy Queen 
Prelude, Hornpipe, Second Music – Air, Rondeau, First Act Tune – Jig, See, even night, Second Act Tune – Air, If love’s a sweet passion, Dance for the fairies, Dance for the Haymakers, When I have often heard, Third Act Tune – Hornpipe, The Plaint, Dance for Chinese man and woman.

Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No.3

Handel: Arias from Rodelinda and Giulio Cesare

Handel: Trio Sonata Op.5 No.4 in G major

Handel: Sweet Bird from L’Allegro il penseroso






Combining a successful career across both theory and practice, Ashley Solomon is Chair and Head of Historical Performance at London's Royal College of Music, having been appointed a professor in 1994.

He has given masterclasses and lectures worldwide, including at The Juilliard School, Yale University, Case Western Reserve University, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Oslo and Bergen Conservatories, Frankfurt Hochschule and Mozarteum in Salzburg. Recent lectures include Telemann and the baroque flute - a true synthesis explored through his solo flute fantasias, given at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  

As Director of Florilegium much of Ashley’s time is spent working and performing with Florilegium, the ensemble he co-founded in 1991. They have a busy touring schedule and have been recording with the Dutch label Channel Classics since 1993 and have made 30 recordings and given over 1000 concert performances.  

As a soloist, he has performed worldwide, including concertos in the Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York).

He also records as a solo artist with Channel Classics and his recording of the complete Bach’s Flute Sonatas was recently voted the best overall version of these works on either modern or period flute by Gramophone Magazine (February 2017).  

The Royal College of Music’s Historical Performance Faculty provides intensive training in all aspects of historically informed interpretation from more than 500 years of music history. Students on both historical and modern instruments have the chance to combine unparalleled access to knowledge with a wide range of performance opportunities.

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