Hannah Ely & Emma Kirkby Sopranos
Clemmie Franks Alto
Michael Solomon Williams Tenor
Laurence Williams Bass
James Bramley Theorbo
Sam Brown Lute
Harry Buckoke Viola da gamba
The consummate lutenist John Dowland was also a brilliant songwriter and polyphonist; alongside his lute music there is unending inspiration in his eighty-odd songs, whether performed as solos, duos or in four-part consort. The irrepressible Emma Kirkby returns to St George’s with Dowland Works to explore this goldmine of material. Dowland Works began eight years ago on Dowland’s 450th anniversary year and have since grown into an informal club of brilliant young lutenists and singers they inspire. They have performed up and down the country, “exploring without prejudice”. In Dowland’s First Booke of Songes or Ayres, he describes the songs as “the Consent of Speaking Harmony”, declaring they are “so made that all the parts together or either of them severally may be sung”. Dowland Works love best to gather round and enjoy these gems in their various guises.
Awake sweet love, thou art return’d
Can she excuse my wrongs with virtue’s cloak?
Dear, if you change I’ll never choose again
A Fancy – lute duet
Coy Daphne fled
Thou pretty bird
Time cruel time
He whose desires are still abroad
hat delight can they enjoy
A shepherd in a shade his plaining made
Disdain me still
In darkness let me dwell
Intenerite voi, lagrime mie
Piangono al pianger mio
Ecco, ch’un altra volta
Deceitful fancy, why delud’st thou me?
Fortune and glory may be lost and won
So parted you
Why sigh’st thou, shepherd?
Dialogue on a Kiss
Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Photo Credit: Allan Watson
Enjoy delicious pre-concert drinks and nibbles ahead of the evening’s concert. Choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all vegetarian).
Packages are available to collect from 60 minutes prior to the concert start time.
This package for one or two people can be booked online alongside your ticket order, please also advise our team of any allergies.