Ellen Ensemble in concert

The concert will include four works composed by Jesuit priests or those who studied with Jesuits - two by Jesuit Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726), and two by Jesuit educated Georg Joseph Vogler (1749-1814).

Much of Zipoli's missionary work was with the Guarani people in Paraguay at a time when Spain and Portugal were in dispute concerning governance of the territory. This is the scene in which the film 'The Mission' is located. Indeed the famous sound track from the film - 'Gabriel's Oboe', composed by Ennio Morricone, would seem to closely resemble the beautiful 'Adagio for Oboe and Viola' composed some three centuries earlier by Zipoli - to be played at our concert. Incidentally, Morricone composed a Mass in 2014 to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuit Order (suspended by Pope Clement XIV in 1773). The final short item of Ellen Ensemble's concert is also by Zipoli - a Gavotte taken from a set of his dances.

Georg Joseph Vogler studied with Jesuits at Wurzburg. He was a sought after teacher of music and a friend of Mozart. He was ordained - though not as a Jesuit - in Rome in 1773/4. His harpsichord concert in C was composed in 1782, and his opera 'Erwin and Elmire', the Overture of which opens our concert, was composed a year earlier in Darmstadt. To this city came both Giacomo Meyerbeer and Carl Maria von Weber in order to study with the famed Vogler.

Tickets £5, in aid of the Jesuit Refugee Service.


Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 17:00
Lauriston Jesuit Centre
28 Lauriston Street
United Kingdom