A concert of English and Italian Lute songs

Our first live music event on Sunday 23rd May was well received; those who came appreciated the opportunity to hear live music for the first time in over a year, and our performers Charles Daniels and Elizabeth Kenny were delighted to be performing again to real people!

The programme of 17th Century English and Italian Lute songs included works by John Dowland, Anthony Holborne, John Blow, Samuel Akeroyde and Henry Purcell from England; and from Italy Guilini Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi, Hieronymous Kapsberger, Alessandro Piccinini, Sigismondo d’India and Giacomo Carissimi.

We were especially grateful to Charles and Elizabeth for this comprehensive programme as we learned that Elin Manahan Thomas was indisposed at such short notice


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Elin Manahan Thomas is unwell and therefore will not be available to perform this afternoon for us.

We are delighted that Charles Daniels has come to the rescue and will be performing with Elizabeth Kenny.

Charles is best known for his interpretations of Baroque music. He sang with the Orlando Consort for many years and is a frequent soloist with the King’s Consort.

The revised programme will include works by John Dowland, John Blow, Henry Purcell, Giulio Caccini and Alessandro.Piccini


Concert Sunday 23rd May


Our concert on 23rd May is going ahead but the venue will now be St Helen’s Church, Fish Street, Worcester WR1 2 HN

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute and theorbo) will perform songs by Dowland, Tallis and Holborn among others in this programme of Elizabethan music, entitled “A Game of Thrones”

“Queen Elizabeth 1 gloried in her reputation as the world’s most famous virgin. Unmarried to the end, throughout her reign, she used her maidenhood as a pawn, promising one great European after another the greatest gift she could bestow- her hand in marriage.”writes Elin Manahan Thomas in her programme notes (see events page)

If you would like a ticket (£20 ) for this socially distanced performance, please contact Barbara.wem@gmail.com. There will be a limit on the number of tickets we can sell, and so we are filming the event, in order that people can watch it online at a later date. (To this end please be aware that a camera man may be creeping about!)

Full details of the programme here.