Travel back to the vibrant English Renaissance and delight in the shimmering and silvery sounds of plucked strings, bowed strings and transverse flute, as heard at private entertainments of the late sixteenth century. Known as the “broken” consort because its members were drawn from diverse instrumental families, this exquisite sonic mixture enchanted its audiences in the time of Elizabeth I, but is rarely experienced today.
The program offers a colourful array of consort “lessons” and masterpieces by Richard Allison, Thomas Campion, Thomas Morley, John Dowland and others, along with duets and trios for other mixtures of instruments and voices. Artistic Direction: Alison Melville.
Joining us in this intimate Renaissance musical tapestry is bass and spoken-word artist Martin Gomes and spoken-word artist Desiree Mckenzie, whose poetry will reflect upon the era’s themes beyond the music.
Single tickets go on sale September 13/23.