Denman Island Baroque Music Workshop & Festival

Denman Island Community Hall
Dido & Aeneas, Denman Baroque 2017

The 2019 Workshop & Festival featured The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell complete with costumes, parts of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (the background for Purcell’s music), dancing and many fairies. We had a large orchestra playing in period style and magnificently directed by Marco Vitale assisted by Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez (strings tutor) and Romeo Ciuffa (winds tutor). We would like to thank all participants, the audiences, the financial donors, and the many volunteers who made this such a memorable event.

The Workshop & Festival scheduled for May 2020 was rescheduled for September 2021 with Les Arts Florissants by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) as the main work. However, owing to continued COVID-19 related uncertainties, the event could not place. It is hoped to reschedule again for a workshop and festival in 2022, on dates yet to be determined.

Marco and Romeo are planning to visit Denman Island in the autumn of 2021 and perform concerts in the Community Hall. They will be joined by Paul Luchkow as strings tutor. If COVID-19 pandemic allows, the three tutors will lead a small group of musicians in a concert version of selections from Les Indes Galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). More details to follow.