The World of Baroque Oboe

On January 23 2022, Otley Baroque launched its new ‘Discover Series’ which features one baroque instrument for each concert and introduces its charms, history and repertoire. We invited a London-based Baroque Oboist, Andrés Villalobos Lépiz, hailing from Costa-Rica, who showcased some of the most beautiful baroque oboe repertory of the 18th century, including Marcello’s wellContinue reading “The World of Baroque Oboe”

Covid-19 Audience Safety Guidance

(Updated on 15 December 2021) The safety and comfort of our audience are really important to us. As we adhere to recent changes in the government guidance, some COVID-19 safety measures are updated for our events to ensure the best possible experience for audiences, artists, and staff. These measures are in line with guidance fromContinue reading “Covid-19 Audience Safety Guidance”

Musicians- The World of Baroque Oboe

—What’s On Andrés Villalobos Lépiz, baroque oboe Born in Costa Rica, Andrés studied his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Royal College of Music, London with Gail Hennessy. There, he was granted two full scholarships for both study programmes, generously supported by the Douglas and Kyra Downie Award, which enabled him to graduate with honoursContinue reading “Musicians- The World of Baroque Oboe”

The Scarlatti’s Sphere

18 September 2021 Duo Recital ‘The Scarlatti’s Sphere‘ Domenico Scarlatti and Musical Italophilia in 18th century London Masumi Yamamoto, a London-based acclaimed harpsichordist, returned to Otley Baroque to showcase her brilliant virtuosity on early keyboard instrument, harpsichord. In 1739, Thomas Roseingrave published 42 Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti -the most influential and virtuosic harpsichordist in Naples-Continue reading “The Scarlatti’s Sphere”

Scarlatti’s Magical Hands

On 18 September, we had our very first Children’s Concert ‘Scarlatti’s Magical Hands’ and it was a great success! The guest harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto drove up from London with her Italian model harpsichord made by Andrew Wooderson. Asuka and Masumi gave an interactive short concert under the theme of Animals in Music using big-screen projection,Continue reading “Scarlatti’s Magical Hands”

Who is Domenico Scarlatti?

The title of our upcoming concert ‘The Scarlatti Sphere’ refers to a Neapolitan composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Here is the 5 facts and stories about him… 1. Domenico Scarlatti was born in 1685, the same year as Johan Sebastian Bach and George Friedric Handel. And his father is also a famous composer, Alessandro Scarlatti. 2.Continue reading “Who is Domenico Scarlatti?”

Travelling Musicians

Are you missing travelling overseas? In such a travel deprived time, I would like to take you to the musical journey throughout Europe, from South to North. Have you ever imagined how it was like to travel in the 17th century Europe before the advent of rails? It should not have been so easy evenContinue reading “Travelling Musicians”

The Concert

Since I was asked by my friend about the picture on the flyer of our upcoming concert, here is all about it. It’s ‘The Concert’ by Gerrit (Gerard) van Honthorst (1592-1656), a Dutch Golden Age painter. Musicians are happily singing and playing a violin, a violone(?), a lute and a cittern, sit around the partContinue reading “The Concert”

What is ‘Baroque’?

The English word baroque comes directly from the French (as the modern standard English-language spelling might suggest). Some scholars state that the French word originated from the Portuguese term barroco (“a flawed pearl”), other sources suggest a Medieval Latin term used in logic, baroco, as the most likely source.*1 In the 16th century, the Medieval Latin word ‘baroco’ moved beyond scholastic logic and came intoContinue reading “What is ‘Baroque’?”