a nocte temporisReinoud Van Mechelen tenor – Anna Besson flute – Miriam Rignol viola da gamba – Sarah Ridy harp – Loris Barrucand harpsichord


The original Black Joke, sent to Dublin 
Red Joak // True Joke // White Joke // Blue Joke // Fancy's all (Leslie's March)
The Poor Shepherd 
Jack Laten 
Eleanor a run // Ellen a roon // Ailen Aroon 
Siege of Limerick, Teague The Irish Trooper 
Will you go to Flanders
Gilliecrankie // Irish Killiecrankie
Mister Cragh's Irish Tune // The Hawks of Ballyshannon
Maggie Lawder 
Anna, a particular Irish song (Banks of Banna)
Roisin Dubh // Donald Og
Hunt the squirrel // A reell for Jannie // Up with Ailey // Aird's // Chorus Jig
My Nanny O

If there was one musical style that was all the rage in 18th-century London, it was the Italian. Handel composed a whole series of Italian operas over three decades, Corelli's orchestral works were published there, and Geminiani moved to the city. But the English were also fond of less exotic influences. The London audience had been captivated by Scottish traditionals since the early 17th century, in the reign of James I. This is demonstrated by the handsomely-published collection of Scottish songs, Orpheus Caledonius (1725). While the unruly Irish were less easily reconciled with Londoners, a good number of Irish ditties also turned up in the musical life of London. A Nocte Temporis, the ensemble built around star tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen, therefore had plenty to choose from when compiling this surprising Scots-Irish programme.


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  • Portrait: Reinoud Van Mechelen

    The young tenor Reinoud van Mechelen is clearly breezing ahead. Combining a light timbre, expressiveness with beautiful elocution, Van Mechelen brings a breath of fresh air to the baroque music scene. We sat down with him for a chat as part of his “Portrait” at for his residency at BOZAR throughout this season.

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