Australian Brandenburg Orchestra presents Ayres & Graces


Experience the charming music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques-Martin Hotteterre and others, performed by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at City Rectal Hall or online.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra returns to the stage and goes online for Ayres & Graces, celebrating Chamber Music from the French and English Baroque. Ayres & Graces blends stunning imagery curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras with a period music program that spans both sides of the English Channel. 

Start your journey amongst the French nobility in Paris and be enthralled by music performed uniformly, in the style of Jean-Baptise Lully, the fashionable director of music at the Court of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. From the first opéra-ballet, L’Europe Galante Suite, to the rowdy ‘Entrée des Zéphyrs’, travel with the Brandenburg through the streets, theatres, and lavish palaces of late seventeenth-century France.   

Then, step into the centre of eighteenth-century London with its cosmopolitan concert life and growing market for music-making in wealthy households. With a program featuring the likes of Playford’s ‘Strawberries and Cream’ from The English Dancing Master (1657), highlighting the diverse musical richness of the city at the time, discover the sounds that attracted entrepreneurial musicians such as composer George Frideric Handel.  

Featuring heavenly trio sonatas, pastoral folk songs, and intimate chamber music, be swept away on a joyful musical journey.