When Cupid’s arrow strikes it affects us all differently. This programme of music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries explores the highs and lows of the fevered response to love through the elegant sound world of Restoration England. Starting in a world of restless, exciting love, we move through the intense commitment of parenthood and faith, to love’s sickness and fate’s inescapable grasp. Interspersed by a range of instrumental pieces, music finally returns victorious as the ultimate language for all things amorous. By combining familiar favourites with neglected gems, we hope to refresh our understanding and enjoyment of Purcell’s music and look forward to sharing our discoveries through live performances, online initiatives, workshops, and a recording.