A Shakespeare Miscellany: Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Friday, February 17, 2017
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Elizabeth Kenny (lute, theorbo) Robin Blaze (countertenor) and Dickon Tyrrell (readings). Shakespeare’s plays are filled with music and songs at every turn, some written for specific plays, and others adapted from the varied diet of songs circulating in the form of ballads and lute-song books. In a Shakespeare-inspired programme, one of Europe’s leading lute players, Elizabeth Kenny (“incandescent” - Music and Vision, “radical” - The Independent, “indecently beautiful” - Toronto Post), and countertenor Robin Blaze (a leading Purcell, Bach and Handel interpreter) take the audience through music and songs from the bard’s comedies, tragedies, sonnets and revivals. The music of Thomas Morley, John Danyel, John Dowland, Henry Lawes, Henry Purcell and many more features alongside readings by actor Dickon Tyrrell.

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Pre-concert talk with Professor Tiffany Stern
Clear or cloudy - John Dowland (1563-1626)
Reading —The Passionate Pilgrim
Kemp’s Jig - Anon
Reading — The Taming of the Shrew
Sweet Kate - Robert Jones (c.1577-1617)
Reading — As you Like It
It was a lover and his lass - Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
The Countess of Pembroke’s Paradise - Anthony Holborne  (c.1545-1602)
Fantasie  Philip Rosseter (1568-1623)
Reading — Othello
The poor soul sat sighing - Anon
Reading —King Lear/Tom O’Bedlam                                    
Like as the lute delights - John Danyel (1564-c.1626)
Loth to depart - Dowland
Reading — Two Sonnets
Can she excuse my wrongs? - Dowland
If music be the food of love - Henry Purcell (1659-95)
Prelude - John Wilson (1595-1674)
Take o take those lips away   Wilson
(Measure for Measure)
Reading — A Midsummer Night’s Dream  
One charming night - Purcell 
Reading — A Midsummer Night’s Dream  
Night (The Fairy Queen)
Readings  — The Tempest
Full Fathom Five - Robert Johnson (1583-1633)
Where the bee sucks - Johnson
Arise,, arise ye subterranean winds - Pietro Reggio (1632-85)
Full Fathom five - John Banister (1630-79)
Galliard - Robert Johnson
When that I was a little tiny boy (Twelfth Night) Anon