Airs pour le Roi Soleil

Airs and instrumental music written during the lifetime of Louis le Grand: the Sun King 

Musica Antica Rotherhithe present an intimate programme of songs and instrumental works written during the lifetime of Louis XIV (1638-1715), from the Italian Cantatas popularised in the years following the first opera productions brought to France, to the rarely heard airs of Michel Lambert and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as well as excerpts from Jean-Baptiste Lully's comédie-ballet Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme which was first performed in the Sun King's court in 1670.



Holy Trinity Church Rotherhithe, SE16 5HF


Variazioni Stravaganti

The virtuoso violin in 17th Century Italy and Austria

Violinist Maxim Del Mar presents a free concert of music by two of the greatest Austrian composers of the 17th Century, H.I.F. Biber and J.H Schmelzer, whose adoption and transformation of the new Italian style left us with some of the most extraordinary music ever written for the violin.

Thursday 3rd September 2020, 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Streamed Live from the Stage at Sands Films Studios


'Twixt Sighs and Tears

Songs of love & loss by the forebears & heirs of Monteverdi 

Musica Antica Rotherhithe present arias by four of the greatest and yet most rarely-heard composers of the 17th Century, beginning with the sworn rivals Jacopo Peri and Giulio Caccini, forced to work together at the very birth of opera, and culminating in the ‘two swans’ of Luigi Rossi and Francesco Cavalli, who became Europe’s most popular composers in the wake of the death of Claudio Monteverdi.



West London Buddhist Centre, W2 5DP

P R E V I O U S  P E R F O R M A N C E S

Lo Spedale

Antonio Abati (~1590 - 1667)
Set by an anonymous Italian composer

Four patients wait for a doctor that seems to have forgotten them; the parallels with our own time are surprising, but such is the poet Antonio Abati's satire of healthcare, hypochondria and society's response to poverty which has lost none of its wit and pertinence in the 350 years since it was written.

A revival of our largest project to date, and only the second staging of this anonymous masterpiece in miniature since the 17th Century. 


First performed November 2018, revived
November 2019.


Created and performed by Sue & Ed Aldred with music performed by Musica Antica, Sounds & Sweet Ayres was the first biographical play of its kind to focus on the life of Robert Armin, successor to the famous Will Kempe, both players in the dramas of William Shakespeare.

This semi-staged production featured music written for Shakespeare's plays from throughout the 17th Century, accompanied by lute and theorbo.

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Sounds & Sweet Ayres

The Life and times of Shakespeare's 
London in music

Italia XVII

Raquel Andueza Soprano
Jesús Fernández Baena Theorbo

We were delighted to welcome internationally-renowned soprano Raquel Andueza and theorbist Jesús Fernández Baena to give a guest performance of songs from the mid-17th Century Century by
Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries.

Friday 6th September 2019

Le Nuove Musiche

Passion's voice found

A semi-staged performance of some of the most powerful and unjustly-neglected music ever written for the stage by Francesco Cavalli, alongside the intimate songs and madrigals of Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri and Claudio Monteverdi, whose experiments redefined passion's voice at the beginning of the 17th Century.

Claudio Monteverdi: Prologue, L'Orfeo
Giulio Caccini: Excerpts from L'Euridice | Amor Io Parto

Jacopo Peri: Excerpts from L'Euridice | Lungi Dal Vostro Lume
Monteverdi: Luci Serene e Chiare | Anima Mea Perdona | Piagn'e Sospira
Francesco Cavalli: Prologue, L'Ormindo | Mia Speranza & Ecco l'Idolo Mio, Elena | Cresce'l Foco, La Statira | Piante Odorose, L'Erismena | D'Amor Non Si Quereli | L'Ormindo | Misero Cosi Va & Pur Ti Stringo, L'Eliogabalo

Saturday 27th July 2019

Cristo Velato

Uniting Pergolesi's timeless Stabat Mater, two forgotten works by Alessandro Scarlatti, one of which clearly served as Pergolesi's model, and Biber's haunting Rosary Sonatas to paint the very human story of love, loss & devotion at the centre of Holy Week.

Alessandro Scarlatti: Totus Amore Languens | Salve Regina
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Biber: Rosencranz Sonaten VI & XVI
(Christ on the Mount of Olives & The Guardian Angel)

Saturday 13th April 2019

Or, Christ Veil'd

Douce Douleur

Love songs from the courts of
France & Flanders

Philippe Verdelot: O Dolce Notte
Matteo da Perugia: Dame d'honour
Nicolas Gombert: Je Prens Congie
Guillaume Dufay: Belle, Veullies Moy Retenir
Cipriano de Rore: Mon Petit Coeur
Alexander Agricola:  Fortuna Desperata
Gilles Binchois: Triste Plaisir
Josquin Desprez:  Nymphes des bois
Clément Janequin: Toutes Les Nuits
Ludovicus Episcopius: Ghequetst Ben Ic Van Binnen

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Sorrow There
Made Fair

Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens

Countertenor Tristram Cooke and Lutenist Peter Martin explore the Lute songs of one of England's greatest Renaissance composers, John Dowland, and his contemporary Anthony Holborne.

Saturday 10th November 2018

La Defense De La Vertu

Charpentier, Vivaldi & Caldara

Featuring some of the most beautiful and unusual music written for the church at the turn of the 18th century including Charpentier's monumental Chaconne Magnificat H.73, Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and an abridged version of Caldara's stunning, rarely-heard oratorio Maddelena ai piedi di Cristo.

Saturday 22nd June 2018

Connexion Italiens

Cavalli, Rossi and Lully

Charting the transmission of opera to France in the mid 17th Century with excerpts from Luigi Rossi's L'Orfeo and Francesco Cavalli's Ercole Amante, followed by ballets from the crowning achievement of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Moliere's collaboration: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

Saturday 24th February 2018

Il Diluvio Universale

Musica Antica Rotherhithe gave Falvetti's Il Diluvio Universale its UK premiere. With anthropomorphised elements competing over the right to end mankind and a gleeful Grim Reaper eyeing victims, it's comedy of the darkest kind. But its pivotal message is of hope and redemption, presented in gorgeous music, and through a tale - Noah's Ark - that can be understood by all. Thanks to the generosity of Mr WeeKuang Tai MNA, all ticket sales supported UK-based charity Operation Noah in inspiring action on climate change.

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Michelangelo Falvetti (1642 - 1693)

Musica Reservata

Song from the beginning and
end of the Renaissance

An intimate programme of music from the Late Middle Ages to the advent of opera at the turn of the 17th century, including works by Gilles Binchois, Guillaume Dufay, Jacopo Peri, Giulio Caccini and John Dowland.

Saturday 5th November 2017

Lettere Amorose

Arias and duets by Monteverdi & Cavalli

Celebrating our first anniversary, we brought works by Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi, two of the greatest composers of Italian opera of the 17th  century, prepared first-hand from original manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, to the beautiful, intimate stage of Sands Films Studios.

Friday 4th August 2017

Monteverdi 450

Opera, Masque and Madrigal

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of all time, Musica Antica Rotherhithe performed works from across Claudio Monteverdi's lifetime, from some of his earliest madrigals to his later stageworks, culminating in a semi-staged performance of one of his often overlooked courtly entertainments: the Ballo delle Ingrate.

Saturday 20th May, 2017

@Musica Antica 2020

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