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The Consent of Speaking Harmony: Masterclass concert of Renaissance Songswith Emma Kirkby, DBE

The Consent of Speaking Harmony: Masterclass concert of Renaissance Songswith Emma Kirkby, DBE Wed 31 May

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“The Consent of Speaking Harmony”  - which is a phrase John Dowland used in the preface to his First Booke of Songs and Aires, 1597;  a ground-breaking volume, it was an immediate success and went into three reprints over the following 15 years. 

What he was celebrating was the extra dimension of uplift and delight when to the sound of beautiful instruments you join the “lively voice of man”..

In the programme we will offer mainly songs by John Dowland, some solos, some in magical four-voice harmony,  but also works of his closest contemporaries, each bringing his individual style to the genre.

It was a time when poetry was abundant and highly-rated;  in earlier generations poems were known simply as “songs”,  and by 1600, though the likes of  Shakespeare, Donne, Spencer and Samuel Danyel were already writing verses of literary complexity, effective song lyrics were still the hobby and pride of any cultured person.  So there are real delights here for everyone; and after the great gift of a residency at Hawkwood to immerse ourselves in this repertoire, with our band of seventeen performers, we are delighted to share the treasures we have found!

Advance booking for the concert is appreciated - please use the form below or give us a ring on 01453 759034. Attendance is by donation towards the Bursary Fund.  The Bar will be open - Wine and soft drinks will be on sale.

The Masterclass is full.

Emma Kirkby


Penelope Appleyard, Olivia Bell, Angela Hicks, Emma Kirkby, Emily Owen - sopranos

Catherine Carter, Clemmie Franks, Patricia Hammond, Lindsay Richardson - altos

Daniel Thomson - tenor

Ben Kazez - bass

Niki Andronicou, James Bramley, Sam Brown, Wezi Elliott, David Miller - lutes

Peter McCarthy - viola da gamba

Tutors:  Emma Kirkby, David Miller 


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