Celestial Bodies: Clare Wilkinson

Venue Great Hall

Running time 50

Artists: Clare Wilkinson soprano, Lynda Sayce lute


Tickets £10 | Students and U16 £5

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Next date 30th July 10:00 pm

About this event

A beautiful late night programme of Elizabethan and 17th century songs and music, from two of early music’s leading lights. Their concert drops in on various inhabitants of the heavens – the muses, moon and stars, gods behaving badly – and their astronomers.

Including Thomas Campion, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, and Galileo’s father, Vincenzo Galilei.

Campion Author of light
Rosseter Galliard
Campion Lift up to heav’n sad wretch
Dowland When Phoebus first did Daphne love
Tessier No ay en la tierra
Anon Cupid is Venus’ only joy
Galilei Calliope; Terpsichore; Urania
Campion The peaceful western wind
Morley Fantasia: Fyre & lightning
Tessier Cache toy celeste soleil; Quand le flambeau du monde
Juan Ponce Allà se me ponga el sol
Tessier Soubs quel astre suy-je née
Dowland Sir John Souch, his Galliard; My thoughts are wing’d with hopes
Anon Ay luna que reluces
Galilei Contrapunto 1; Contrapunto 2
Dowland What poor astronomers are they

Don’t miss:
Clare’s collaboration with Fretwork on 29 July
Clare’s collaboration with In Echo on 31 July

Particularly passionate about Bach and Byrd, Clare Wilkinson makes music with groups of different shapes and sizes – lute, consort of viols, vocal consort, baroque orchestra – and loves them all. Many new songs have also been written for Clare, including a number by her father Stephen. Clare has recorded very widely, and a number of her disks have won Gramophone awards and nominations. She has recorded Bach with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Andrew Parrott and others, and Byrd with Fretwork, the Rose Consort of Viols, Alamire and Ensemble Plus Ultra. She runs recently formed group Courtiers of Grace, creating lovingly constructed programmes of songs and readings telling the story of a historical character. Clare is a member of I Fagiolini, with whom she enjoys a broad spectrum of musical experiences, from staged Monteverdi madrigals to banana gags. She lives in the Flanders woods with her family.
Listen to Clare with John Eliot Gardener

Lynda Sayce is one of Britain’s leading lutenists with over one hundred recordings to her name. Lynda read Music at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, then studied lute with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo player with leading period instrument ensembles worldwide, is principal lutenist with The King’s Consort, Ex Cathedra and the Musicians of the Globe, and has broadcast extensively on radio and TV. Lynda has performed with many leading orchestras and opera companies including English and Welsh National Operas, Opera North, CBSO and the Berlin Philharmonic. Her repertory spans many centuries, and her discography ranges from some of the earliest surviving lute works to the jazz theorbo part in Harvey Brough’s Requiem in Blue.

Lynda Sayce’s website
Listen to Lynda

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