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Laudonia - The Grand Tour
Laudonia - The Grand Tour

Wed, 06 Sept


Aberdeen, Queen’s Cross Church

Laudonia - The Grand Tour

An extraordinary musical journey from Edinburgh to Rome with the celebrated soprano Susan Hamilton and Scottish-Austrian Ensemble Laudonia.

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Time & Location

06 Sept 2023, 19:30 – 21:30

Aberdeen, Queen’s Cross Church, Albyn Pl, Aberdeen AB10 1YN, UK

About the event

Retrace the Grand Tour of the outstanding Scotsman Sir John Clerk of Penicuik.

In October of 1694, Sir John left Penicuik for a journey that would take him away from Scotland for four years. The first part of his journey took him to Leiden where he studied law, the violin and harpsichord. After one year of hard work he was able to play the harpsichord in concerts and "he was as good as any Gentleman in Holland". During his stay in Leiden he met the Polish composer Jakob Kremberg and it is thought that he had composition lessons from him. It was here that he also met Herman Boerhaave, the renowned Dutch physician, who would remain a good friend and who wrote the libretti for at least two of his cantatas.

In May 1697 he left Holland and set off for Rome. He travelled through Germany and spent the summer in Vienna where he was introduced to the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. On discovering Clerk’s great love of music, Leopold I invited him to his private opera on more than one occasion. Clerk really enjoyed his time there and wrote very fondly about it in his Memoirs.  He then set off for Venice and later for Rome where he arrived in September 1697. In Rome, Clerk studied the harpsichord with Bernardo Pasquini and violin and composition with Arcangelo Corelli.

Laudonia has some of the finest Baroque musicians to perform, teach, and inspire people to listen with renewed passion and ultimately raise the standard of music.


Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684): O Felicissimus Paradysi Aspectus -  Concerto for Soprano, Trumpet, Strings and Basso Continuo

Giovanni Battista Draghi (1640 - 1708): Harpsichord Suite in A major

Antonio Cesti (1623 - 1669): Non Si Parli Più D’Amore  - Cantata for Soprano, 2 Violins  and Bass Continuo

Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713): Sonata A Quattro in D major – for Trumpet, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo

- Interval -

Sir John Clerk of Penicuik (1676 - 1755): Leo Scotiae Irritatus - Cantata for Soprano, Violins and Bass Continuo

Bernardo Pasquini (1637 - 1710): Suite in G minor for Harpsichord

Daniel Purcell (c.1664 -1717): Trumpet Song from Massaniello - for Trumpet, Soprano and Harpsichord

Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713): La Follia  - Violin Sonata in D minor Op.3 No. 12

Alessandro Melani (1639 - 1703): Qual Mormorio Giocondo - Cantata for Soprano, Trumpet, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo


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