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Past event, October 17, 2022: Music for the viol, with Henrik Persson

Updated: May 17

[Photograph: Andrew Wilkinson]

Our first concert, on 17 October 2022, was a viola da gamba recital with Henrik Persson.

Born in Stockholm, Henrik moved to England to study Cello at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Andrew Fuller and Viola da Gamba with Bill Hunt. After completing his BMus Hons degree, he undertook a postgraduate performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied baroque and classical cello with the late Jennifer Ward-Clarke and viola da gamba with the late Richard Campbell.

Henrik currently enjoys a rich and varied freelance career, working with many of the UK’s most respected and talented musicians such as Nicola Benedetti, Bojan Cicic, Laurence Cummings, Andrew Arthur, Julian Perkins, and Ashley Solomon. He is a regular with Florilegium, the Musical and Amicable Society, with whom he also appears as a soloist, and for the Blackdowns Early Music Projects. He was first continuo player of Philip Pickett’s two groups New London Consort and Musicians of the Globe with whom he regularly toured throughout the UK and the world for eight years. Henrik was first continuo player for La Nuova Musica from 2007 to 2010 and a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2002-03. He is also a founding member of Newe Vialles consort who are currently artists-in-residence at Saxon Shore Early Music in Kennardington in Kent. Henrik also teaches privately and at the annual Baroque Opera Course at Benslow Music, together with Judy Tarling.

Recordings include appearances as continuo player on several discs such as Spiritato!’s The Judgement of Paris by Daniel Purcell, Sweeter Than Roses with soprano Anna Dennis and Sounds Baroque, Bach cantatas with Amici Voices, and Odes, Songs and Sonatas, Divine, Moral and Entertaining from the English 18th Century with the Musical and Amicable Society. He also appears as soloist together with Jonathan Rees and Martin Perkins on the Weston Park Cello Music recording with the same group.


Anonymous (Germany, late 17th century) Allamande – Variatio – Courante – Variatio – Sarabande – Variatio – Guige

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), Fantasia no. 7, G Minor Andante – Vivace – Allegro

Benjamin Hely (before 1699), Suite in A Minor AlmandCourant Saraband Tobias Hume (1569–1645) Good againe, No. 15 Richard Sumarte (before 1630) Monsieurs almain Fortune, my foeLachrymePreludiu: Daphne Anonymous From: John Playford’s The Division Violin (1684):

Old Simon the King Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), Fantasia no. 6, G Major Scherzando – Dolce – Spirituoso Benjamin Hely (before 1699), Suite in A Minor


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