Alison Balsom in Gabriel: An Entertainment with Trumpet
Text by Samuel Adamson
Alison Balsom trumpet
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Christopher Lowry countertenor
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Harry Bicket music director
Dominic Droomgoole director
The English Concert
Chorus of Guildhall Singers
All human life is here: Samuel Adamson’s theatrical celebration of Baroque music brings to life the sights, sounds and stories of 17th-century London through the eyes of a court trumpeter.
Guildhall alumna Alison Balsom’s performances of Purcell, Handel and their contemporaries give heart and soul to a bustling, exuberant entertainment; a breathtaking evocation of baroque London in all its colour, clamour, diversity and glorious chaos. Characters from monarchs to watermen cross paths in a narrative tied together by Purcell’s music and Balsom’s resplendent natural trumpet-playing.
"Speech, song and score flow together in one teeming whole that sweeps you along with it" wrote Dominic Cavendish of the Daily Telegraph in 2013, when Gabriel was first performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. Author Samuel Adamson and director Dominic Dromgoole have reimagined it for the Barbican as part of Balsom's Milton Court artist residency – a fresh encounter with a theatrical experience that (in Cavendish’s words) "leaves you giddy with pleasure and fully smitten".
Part of Alison Balsom: Milton Court Artist-in-Residence
£15-£56 available from Barbican Box Office