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This event is at Newcastle Conservatorium
PRESENTED BY: THE SONG COMPANY
One of the great delights of musical discovery in the last century has been the steady revival of John Dowland (1563-1626) by artists as diverse as Percy Grainger or, more recently, Emma Kirkby or Sting. As a way of celebrating Dowland’s 450th anniversary in 2013, the Song Company has invited the greatest English lutenist of our time, Nigel North for an all-out tribute to the elusive English master of his time. Dowland spent the peak of his career as private lutenist to the Danish king, Christian IV, but yearned for London and a posting at the English court. His work owes as much to the changing personal patronage he depended upon as to the subtle meanings and allusions of Elizabethan English. Whilst Shakespeare himself tired the boards, Dowland’s lute and pen produced some of the most heart-breaking music of all times. Who could not be moved by ‘In darkness let me dwell’ or ‘Come away come sweet love’ or ‘Time stands still’?
DOWLAND (1563-1626) solo songs, ensembles and lute pieces
WARD (1571-1638) madrigals
RAVENSCROFT (1582/92-1635) songs, rounds and catches
Expected duration: 110 minutes including interval