11 May 2024, 19:30 – 21:30

Les Nations: A musical journey around 17th century Europe

Still life of roses, carnations, tulips, narcissi, irises, love-in-a-mist, larkspur, and other flowers, in a wicker basket, with a butterfly and a cricket
  • LocationThe Dining Hall, Trinity Hall
  • CostStandard £15 | Concession £10 | Student £5
  • Booking closing dateFriday, 10 May 2024 12:00pm
  • Event typeConcert

Online bookings for this event are now closed, however, there will be a limited number of tickets available on the door if you arrive before 7.25pm. Please contact Rebecca Horner at arts@trinhall.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.

For the final professional concert of this academic year Trinity Hall is thrilled to welcome Canzona. Join us as they present Les Nations: A musical journey around 17th century Europe with music from Italy, Germany, France and England by Cavalli, Buxtehude, Rosenmüller, Couperin and Purcell.

The concert will be followed by a drinks reception, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.


Cavalli, Canzon a 3 [Musiche Sacre 1656]

Purcell, Sonata 3 in A minor [Ten Sonatas of Four Parts 1697]

Rosenmüller, Sonata 2 in E minor [Sonate a 2, 3, 4 e 5 – Nürnberg 1682]

Buxtehude, Sonata in A minor [Opus 1, no.3 – Hamburg ?1694]

Couperin, La Françoise [Les Nations – Paris 1726]


Canzona (playing on period instruments):

Theresa Caudle (Violin I / Director)

Alice Poppleton (Violin II)

Mark Caudle (Viola da gamba)

Andrew Arthur (Harpsichord)


Canzona was formed in 1992 and comprises some of this country’s leading players of period instruments. Many of Canzona’s concerts present the musicians as a chamber group and the versatility of its director Theresa Caudle, who plays both the violin and cornett, creates the stimulus for a flexible line-up of early wind, brass, and string instruments. They are often joined by a singer and have performed with many distinguished soloists including Philippa Hyde, James Bowman, and Peter Harvey.

The players of Canzona have a particular passion for 17th century music, but whatever they are playing, from Monteverdi to Mozart, they make every effort to play on appropriate instruments for the period. The ensemble is frequently expanded to orchestral proportions and has performed with many of the UK’s outstanding choirs, appearing at the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s College and Trinity College, Cambridge; Salisbury, Wells, St Albans, and Blackburn Cathedrals. They have also taken part in the Three Choirs Festival and the Spitalfields Festival. In December 2014, Canzona performed Messiah with the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at Buckingham Palace and in May 2016 appeared with the same choir in the Queen’s Chapel, St James’ Palace in a concert to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. As well as performing in London and around Britain, Canzona has given concerts in festivals as far afield as Finland and Malta. They have also made two highly acclaimed recordings: Motets by André Campra on EtCetera, and Theresa Caudle and Canzona’s recording “Violino o Cornetto” of 17th century Italian sonatas for violin and cornett on Nimbus Alliance.

Booking and cost

Tickets cost £15 standard, £10 concessions, and £5 students. All ticket prices include a complementary drink served after the concert (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available).

Once you have booked your seat(s) you will receive a booking confirmation which you will be asked to present on arrival. Please either print a copy or display using a hand-held electronic device. You will not be issued paper tickets.

Please note, if you are not a current member or alum of Trinity Hall, you should book using the ‘non-members’ form.


We are able to offer refunds for bookings cancelled five working days or more before an event. Requests for late refunds will be considered on an individual basis and refunds will be issued at the discretion of the Alumni & Development Office. We cannot accept responsibility if weather or disruption to travel prevents you from attending. Please let us know as soon as possible if you find you are no longer able to attend, as we have limited capacity for this event. Please email the office or call +44 (0)1223 332555 at the earliest opportunity, if you need to cancel a booking.


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The Dining Hall, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Please visit the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where they will direct you to the venue.


If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Horner on arts@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 332555.