Friday, 25 June at 10 pm

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John Dowland & Co: the lute ensemble at the English court

Lynda Sayce director, treble lute
Richard MacKenzie alto lute
Jamie Aker tenor lute
Matthew Nisbet bass lute

The English court employed a lute ensemble from 1579 right up until the Civil War, including many leading player-composers, but their actual repertory is completely lost. This is an attempt to recreate it, starting with pieces which every court lutenist would have known – ‘greatest hits’ copied into multiple manuscripts that were arranged at the time for absolutely everything from viol consort to solo cittern. Familiar, much-loved works in very unfamiliar guise, performed here on the only matched lute consort in existence!


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