Have you also noticed that many successful Baroque composers who made their careers in England were actually foreigners? With its unique free-market concert landscape, 18th century London was the city of endless possibilities for musicians of continental Europe’s more restrictive courts.
The ‘English’ works by French, Italian and German composers in this Saturday's concert- 'Foreign Insult' by the early music ensemble La Ricordanza at St Thomas Becket - span a period of almost 100 years (1685-1774). Bryan Berryman, flautist with La Ricordanza, says musicians emigrated to London for much the same reasons that people today flock to the New World: To strive for success in an exciting environment of seemingly limitless opportunity.
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