Suffolk Villages Festival

The Suffolk Villages Festival celebrate St Valentine’s Day with a delightful programme on the theme of love in its various aspects, sacred and secular and from first rapture to profound grief.

Baroque composers revelled in the bright and sensuous sonorities of two sopranos with continuo, producing masterpieces such as Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s sensuous ‘Spring’ motet setting lines from the Song of Solomon, Henry Purcell’s Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary and François Couperin’s superb setting of the Magnificat.

In the second half we lower the tone with frank and witty explorations of secular love, by Monteverdi, Charpentier and Couperin, ending with duets from Purcell’s King Arthur and Dioclesian.

Tickets: £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved), with half-price tickets available to full-time students.

Box office via the National Centre for Early Music, 01904 651 485  www.ncem.co.uk