Helen Charlston, mezzo-soprano
Jamie Akers, theorbo and guitar
Jonathan Rees, bass viol
Julian Perkins, harpsichord.
The Italian Connection
Italy has influenced the arts in England since Tudor times at least. Henry VIII brought Italian musicians to England; Ariosto's epic Orlando Furioso was well-known in Elizabethan England and might have given Orlando Gibbons his Christian name; it certainly inspired many 17th and 18th-century operas.
This programme will include: songs by Purcell, keyboard music by Orlando Gibbons including the Italian Ground, and viol music by Tobias Hume, alongside music by Italians working in London: the virtuoso guitarist and composer Francesco Corbetta, guitarist to Louis XIV and Charles II, and the keyboard player Giovanni Battista Draghi, harpsichordist at the court of Charles II and subsequently organist to the Chapel Royal under James II. The programme ends with the famous and deeply moving Lament of Dido from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
The Kite and the Nightingale: flights of inspiration from 17th-century France.
A candle-lit performance of music by Sainte-Colombe and his stylistic antagonist De Machy, with fables from La Fontaine.