A celebration of early music in July. Founder: Vanessa Coode

John Crockatt – baroque violin

John Crockatt

Baroque violin

Performance date: 9th July 2017, 3.30-4.30pm

A program of masterpieces for violin solo from the eighteenth century. Tartini, perhaps the greatest violinist of his era, composed hundreds of works for his instrument including a fascinating set of “little” improvisatory sonatas for violin alone. Telemann’s fantasias for violin solo have long been favourites though this dark example in f minor is rarely heard. To end, the glorious sonata in A minor by Bach, one of the greatest works of music for violin found in the history of music!

Tickets £12, £10 concessions. Buy on the door, from Bridgewood and Neitzert at 146 Stoke Newington Church St, or on-line at wegottickets.com (with a 10% booking fee)

  • Giuseppe TartiniSonata “Piccola” No. 9 in A major, B.A1
  • Georg Ph. TelemannFantasia III in f minor, TWV 40:16
  • TartiniSonata “Piccola” No. 17 in D major, B.D2
  • Johann Sebastian BachSonata No. 2 in a minor, BWV 1003

One of the most in-demand musicians in London’s thriving early-music scene John Crockatt plays violin and viola with some of the world’s foremost period groups.

He has performed as principal viola with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Arcangelo, principal violin with Music for a While, St James Baroque and Solomon’s Knot and played and recorded with groups including the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Gabrieli Players and the Early Opera Company.

As a chamber-musician he has performed widely on both violin and viola as a member of various baroque and classical ensembles and from early 2016 has been a member of the London Haydn Quartet, one of the world’s leading period chamber ensembles. The 2016/17 season sees the quartet on tour in the United States, Singapore and Japan as well as continuing their ongoing, highly acclaimed project to record the complete string quartets of Joseph Haydn.

John also plays with his own recently-formed chamber ensemble, Ziggurat, with harpsichordist Tom Foster and cellist Jonathan Rees. Focusing on the core repertoire of baroque chamber music they will be recording and performing concerts throughout the coming season.

In January 2015 John was invited to perform as principal violin in the Globe Theatre’s new production, Farinelli and the King. Written by Claire van Kampen and starring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies the production completed a sell-out run at the Globe before transferring to the West-end where it found critical and commercial success in the Duke of York Theatre.

As well as the performance of early music John also has a keen interest in the anthropology of music and holds a masters degree in ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He also enjoys practicing Tai Chi, exploring Walthamstow marshes near where he lives in London and continues his ongoing work shaving off valuable seconds in the folding and unfolding of his new(ish) Brompton bicycle.