We are delighted to be hosting a free live stream concert – ‘The Charles II Playlist’. The ‘Charles II Playlist’ will be playing from the King’s actual bed chamber in Palace House with the wonderful Eboracum Baroque ensemble. Tune in via Facebook or YouTube at 19:00 on Saturday 10th April to watch this spectacular live concert
Eboracum Baroque welcomes you into Charles II’s palace bedroom, now part of Newmarket’s National Horse Racing Museum, for an evening of music fit for a King. Featuring evocative works by Henry Purcell and John Blow and instrumental pieces by Matthew Locke, we recreate the tracks that would have been at the top of Charles II’s playlist
The evening takes us back to a glorious blossoming of musical activities with the return of Charles II to the throne in 1660. His restoration brought about the return of music on a grand scale. Charles II had witnessed the musical splendour of Louis XIV’s court at Versailles during his time in exile in France and he was determined to emulate this grandeur in his own court on the other side of the channel.
This concert is not aimed at recreating an exact performance Charles would have heard but aims to give a snapshot of the composers and musicians who made up his court across 25 years until his death in 1685. It perhaps offers us in modern times, a playlist that Charles II might have enjoyed in his bedroom whilst visiting Newmarket.