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Ascending from above the stage on a chariot, wearing an elaborate and vaguely Aztecan golden headdress, Farinelli caused women to swoon as he sang operatic arias. He used handkerchiefs to wipe the sweat from his brow, then threw the silks to his audience. He was responsible, one listener tells him, "for my first musical orgasm." He was also responsible, in my opinion, for Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Liberace, whose Vegas acts are the direct descendants of Farinelli's European concert tours, and for Elvis' late period, as well as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and all the other peacocks of rock 'n' roll. He founded a style.

Farinelli is a 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time.


Festival of the Sun King

Baroque music

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Initiated by Hex Ensemble the best way to define this series of film screenings and live music concerts is to list the alternative titles discussed for the series:

Festival of the Sun King - Exploring the the world of the French Court through Music and Film.

Tous les Matins du Monde - A series of films and concerts inspired by the French baroque.

Versailles - Reflections and echoes from the French court.

Tuesday 30th May: FILM SCREENING

Tous les Matins du Monde

Thursday 1st June: Hex Ensemble Concert

Tous Les Matins Du Monde

Tuesday 6th June: FILM SCREENING


Thursday 8th June: Hex Ensemble Concert

Music for the Sun King's Sleep

Tuesday 20th June: FILM SCREENING

Le Roi Danse

Thursday 22nd June: Hex Ensemble Concert

Grand Ballet