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When Musick and Sweet Poetrie Agree
4 July 2016
20:30 - 22:15
An evening of songs, duets, four-part ayres and instrumental fancies in honour of Shakespeare’s anniversary.
Roberta Diamond, Emma Kirkby – sopranos
Lindsay Richardson – alto
Michael Solomon Williams – tenor
Adrian Horsewood – bass
Toby Carr – lute
Marta López Fernández – virginals (King Charles II’s Virginals – adopted by Mr Peter Gillman)
Scattered through Shakespeare’s plays are songs of such artful directness that composers ever since have made their own settings of his lyrics. This programme will include two titles from The Tempest, set by Robert Johnson, arguably the only versions that might have been heard on Shakespeare’s stage along with near-contemporary settings by Morley and a version of ‘Orpheus with his lute’ by Maurice Greene.
Using forces nearly equivalent to those at Shakespeare’s disposal, this programme gives an idea of the marvellous range of works from this period. Dowland and Danyel are included as well as a celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth in the Veneto of Angelo Notari, whose volume “The First New Music” helped to establish Italian singing styles in Europe.
Online booking is available but if you prefer to book tickets by post please download our booking form, complete and send with SAE and a cheque
Last approximately one hour.
Last approximately two hours with one interval
during which juice and wine are served.
Wheelchair access available. Please advise in advance.
Please note that tickets cannot be exchanged nor money refunded.
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