This calendar of events at St Mary’s Church will be frequently updated to include ticketing and pricing details that are not immediately available, but will be posted as artists and musicians confirm.
7.30 pm THE AMYAS DUO and DUO MADDALENA
A feast of sacred and secular medieval music from England, France and the Netherlands.
In this varied selection of instrumental and vocal music, the Amyas Duo and Duo Maddalena recreate the soundscape of medieval France, England and Spain. Music by Troubadours and Trobairitz such as the Comtessa Beatrice de Dia, are intertwined with lute-songs by Binchois, up-beat dances by Machaut, a contemporary setting of a Trobairitz poem by Tansy Davies, and a range of serious, humorous and devotional anonymous pieces.
Amyas, represented in this concert by Emily Baines (woodwinds) and Arngeir Hauksson (lute, percussion), are a period instrument group specialising in exuberant performances of historical repertoire. They are specialists in historically informed performance, as well as carrying out cutting-edge research into earlier practices. The group are committed to an understanding of history but also to embracing the 21st century and new possibilities for performance spaces and techniques. Similarly, they are passionate both about discovering unknown early sources and also improvisation and composition. Their performances range from the well-loved classics of the eighteenth century (imbued with their typical flair of course!) to electronic manipulation of medieval songs and dances – and everything in between.
Duo Maddalena is formed of Janet Oates (soprano, percussion) and Lucy Green (mezzo, hurdy-gurdy). They specialise in three aspects of music, and their interactions: early music, contemporary classical music and music by women composers, offering programmes of entirely mediaeval, renaissance or baroque pieces, entirely newly-composed works or eclectic mixes. For each concert they invite friends and colleagues to join them, providing historically informed accompaniment. They are also interested in new music written for early instruments, and commissioning new works. In and across both earlier and contemporary periods, music by women features in most of their performances, and they enjoy seeking out and arranging or translating little known works.
Tickets £12.00 (students £6) from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in person, 01497 820322, www.boothbooks.co.uk or at the door if seats still available. Refreshments available during the interval.
TUESDAY, 11 DECEMBER
7.30 pm ‘NOW WINTER COMES SLOWLY’: A festive programme of wintry favourites featuring scenes from Purcell’s Fairy Queen and King Arthur, hymns to the Virgin, celebratory Christmas songs by Bach and Scarlatti and traditional carols and Noels.
ELIN MANAHAN THOMAS – soprano ELIZABETH KENNY – lute and theorbo
Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. She has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals and with leading orchestras and conductors. Elin is perhaps most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces such as Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony and again at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Her playing has been described as “incandescent” (Music and Vision), “radical” (The Independent) and “indecently beautiful” (Toronto Post). In twenty years of touring she has played with many of the world’s best period instrument groups.
‘Sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter’s night’
Tickets £15.00 (students £7.50) from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in person, 01497 820322, www.boothbooks.co.uk or at the door if seats still available. Refreshments available during the interval.