Rich and Robert first began to write London Baroque in 2010, as a walk under the triumphal arches erected for the procession of King James I through the streets of London. Since then it has grown in a myriad of ways, encrusting itself with myth and fact, adorning itself with pieces of coral, silver, ivory, mahogany, marble, tortoiseshell, amber, and mother-of-pearl.
It has now coalesced into a full-length book and we are currently seeking a publisher.
We have printed a limited edition of 100 beautifully-bound hardback copies and are selling these for £20 + P&P. Contact us for payment details.
You can listen to selected excerpts as podcasts here. In episodes one and two, Joseph Glanvill, Chaplain in Ordinary to King Charles II, is sent to investigate some preternatural occurrences just outside of London, and report back to his patron, Lord Brereton, Fellow of the Royal Society. Then, in the third, fourth and fifth episodes, the action moves to the streets of London in 1604. The poet, Robert Herrick, recalls the procession of King James I. It is the day before the pageant: the king and the queen are in disguise and Herrick is in love. High in a garret of the Royal Exchange, a mysterious old man reveals an artifice to them the like of which they have never seen.
Performed by Robert Kingham, Rich Cochrane, Clare Churly and Gaby Kingham. Edited and with music by Rich. Incidental music: an excerpt from Jean-Phillippe Rameau's 'Danse du grand calumet de paix' from Les Indes Galantes, licensed under Creative Commons.