29 Jan-6 May 2006. The acclaimed early music ensemble New London Consort directed by Philip Pickett performs at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Explorations in Time series. On 6 April it performs Purcells last theatrical masterpiece, The Indian Queen. This colourful piece is set in Mexico, where Montezuma and his tribe of Peruvian Incas are laying siege to the kingdom of Queen Zempoalla. The concert on 6 May, The Delightful Companion, takes its title from a collection of instrumental ayres and songs from popular London theatre shows of the 1700s. Admission: The Indian Queen in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, 20-8; The Delightful Companion in the Purcell Room, 16-8. 19.30 and 19.45 respectively.
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The Theatre of Musick.
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