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Calcutta

26 August 2018, 2.30pm


by Ensemble Tempus Fugit


Suitable for all ages


Join us from 1pm for FREE arts activities by our graphic designer, Sophia Watts


Performance lasts one hour



Discover 200-year-old British-Indian crossover music through story, song, & puppetry!


By 1780, the East India Company had transformed Calcutta into a small English city. Musicians travelled from London to India, bringing the music of England with them. Others played their harpsichords with local Indian classical musicians, and wrote down the Indian tunes they jammed on with European notes.


Explore music from a young Calcutta, where performers wound melodies from many cultures into their own traditions.


Ensemble Tempus Fugit melds this unusual combination of period music and Indian song with puppetry and drama to tell a story of a traveller making his way to the musical heart of the City of Palaces.


Repertoire includes music by British composers Dowland, Purcell, and Locke; music for sitar and voice; and 1780s transcriptions of Hindustani and Bengali songs made by the wives of East India Company officers.

What the critics said:


"Let Calcutta go to all corners, and speak for diversity." - Chichester Observer


"A very impressive musical invocation of a fascinating period of British and Indian history, well acted, well staged, well sung and well played." - Andrew Benson-Wilson

Ensemble Tempus Fugit is one of the UK's most innovative period music groups, bringing together outstanding musicians and exceptional artists under the creative direction of artistic director & harpsichordist Katie De La Matter. Its performers believe in deepening connection with audiences through concerts that blur the edges between performer, audience, art form, and culture.


https://ensembletempusfugit.co.uk/

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Left Bank Leeds

£10 adults / £7 students and under-18s

Part of the 2018 Left Bank Opera Festival


Cast and Production team

Randall Scotting, counter-tenor


Debipriya Sircar, Indian classical vocalist


Jamie Akers, lutes


Lucia Capellaro, viola da gamba


Guy Button, Baroque violin


Katie De La Matter, harpsichord & creative direction


Early winds & sitar, TBC

Puppets by Lori Hopkins & Amy Rowe


Design by Austeja Znaidauskaite & George Chaffey


Stage direction by Francesca Bridge-Cicic