Maarten Engeltjes (photo Hans van der Woerd)

Ode on the death of Mr. Henry Purcell

PRJCT Amsterdam, Maarten Engeltjes + Alexander Chance
Sat 1 Feb 2025 20:15 - 22:00
Sat 1 Feb 2025
20:15 - 22:00
  • Sat 1 Feb 2025
    20:15 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


Henry Purcell Come ye sons of art 
Henry Purcell Hark how the songsters (duet)
Henry Purcell One charming night 
Henry Purcell In vain the am'rous flute (duet)
Henry Purcell Sing, sing ye druids (duet)
Henry Purcell O, Solitude 
John Blow A Ground in D 
Henry Purcell Sweetness of nature (duet)
William Byrd Ye sacred muses 
Henry Purcell The fatal hour comes on Apace 
Henry Purcell Chaconne uit de semi-opera Dioclesian
Henry Purcell Here let my life
Johann Jakob Froberger Deel 1 uit Suite in a
John Blow Ode on the death of Mr. Henry Purcell (duet)


PRJCT Amsterdam 
Maarten Engeltjes countertenor
Alexander Chance countertenor

Intimate ode to the genius of Purcell

How grief can sometimes lead to something very beautiful. When the British composer Henry Purcell died in 1695, his student John Blow composed a phenomenal ode in his memory. Ode on the death of Mr. Henry Purcell is an almost intimate ode to the composer who was respectfully known as the ‘British Orpheus’. Two great countertenors and baroque ensemble PRJCT Amsterdam perform this ode plus other arias by Purcell and his contemporaries.

A group of outstanding young baroque musicians with a shared musical vision are at the heart of PRJCT Amsterdam. Or as Bachtrack put it: ‘The orchestra of twelve musicians sounds with fullness and faithfully follows the aesthetic proposal of its charismatic leader.’ That figurehead is the successful Dutch countertenor Maarten Engeltjes. Alexander Chance, a countertenor in his own right, now joins him, following in the footsteps of his world-renowned father, Michael Chance.