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Music Inspired by Fear of Illness in the Pre-Anaesthetic Era

Concert | 23 April, 2019, 6:30 PM

A talk and a concert inspired by the fear of illness and surgery in the pre-anaesthetic era.

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This experience will be divided into two parts: First, there will be a short overview by Dr. Nick Newton of the fear of illness and impending surgery on individuals in the 17th & 18th Century, followed by an introductory talk from Dr. Tim Smith, focusing on the aetiology and management of bladder stones in the pre-anaesthetic era.

These brief introductions will set the scene for a concert by the Royal Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Katarzyna Kowalik, of music composed by Marin, Lully, Froberger, Couperin and Zelenka reflecting the patient's anxieties concerning illness, surgery without anaesthesia and the close encounters with imminent or untimely death.


Dr Nick Newton is a retired Consultant Anaesthetist from Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals.

Dr Tim Smith is Curator of the Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre and retired Consultant Anaesthetist from the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Royal Baroque

Coming from Finland, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom, the members of Royal Baroque met at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in September 2010. They began with an interest in the wide reaching influence of court music during the pre-baroque and baroque eras, exploring the works of composers who enjoyed the patronage of the Royals. The group’s repertoire extends from the early Italian to the national styles of the English, French and German courts, which, with the majority being multi- instrumentalists, they are able to play in unique combinations. Royal Baroque performed in many London venues, among others at the London Handel Festival with Anna Starushkevych – the winner of the Handel Singing Competition. The ensemble was nominated to represent Guildhall School of Music and Drama for the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize competition organised by the Musica Britannica Trust and also was finalists in the prestigious Fenton House Early Keyboard competition. Royal Baroque were highly commended in the final of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (2015).

Christiane Eidsten Dahl - baroque violin

Rebecca Vučetić - recorders

Kaisa Pulkkinen - baroque harp, recorders

Kate Conway - viola da gamba

Katarzyna Kowalik – harpsichord




Tickets: £20.00*

Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

*Price includes entrance to the museum, the talks, and the concert.

**Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. Please visit our website for more information on Access.

***Please, by advised that per Museum policy an event might be cancelled if less than 20 tickets have been sold.

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