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 music by Gibbons, Purcell and other 17th century English composers, alongside music by Italians working in London, such as the guitar virtuoso Francesco Corbetta.
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.