Cold and Magic: Winter Baroque

Winter music from 17th and 18th Century Europe

‘Cold and Magic: Winter Baroque’ invites audiences to experience the music of 17th and 18th Century Europe, with a distinctly icy and mysterious tone. Join countertenor Joe Levy accompanied on the piano by Leila Kermani, for a selection of Baroque pieces. You will hear the works of Handel, Purcell, Bach and Vivaldi, alongside lesser known composers such as Lambert and Grandi.

Storytelling is an essential part of how we experience Winter, and has been for the span of human history. Joe intertwines music and storytelling to give insight into the tales Baroque composers were trying to tell and to perhaps glean an understanding of European winters during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Some stories warn of the physical danger of dark and cold, others tell of mystery and magic, while many more serve to distract with drama, love and sorrow. 

In a period of history often portrayed as elegant and restrained, ‘Cold and Magic’ will seek to expose a different, more intriguing face of the Baroque world.


Leila has been playing the piano since the age of 5, and also has a background in classical singing and playing the flute. Her experience in piano has been largely based around the classical repertoire, and she plays a range of styles from Baroque to modern.

Born in London, Leila spent 15 years in the UK before moving to Germany with her family in 2018. In 2021, Leila moved back to the UK to study acting at the Cygnet Theatre in Exeter.