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A Cantare e Suonare

Jennie Cassidy - voice; David Jarratt-Knock - cornetto; Alison Kinder - viola da gamba; Philip Thorby - harpsichord / chamber organ

Dramatic songs and instrumental music from early 17th Century Italy, when the brand new 'concerto' style was spreading like fire through chapels and palaces alike. Sacred and secular arias interspersed with canzonas and sonatas - from powerful declamation to intimate contemplation, this repertoire explores humanity and spirituality in a way that is as new now as it was when it was composed.

Will Niemand Singen? Will no-one sing?

Philip Thorby, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder - Renaissance viols and recorders;

George Bartle - tenor

Joined by tenor George Bartle, this programme explores the rich heritage of early German song. Music from late 15th and early 16th century song-books complied for domestic and courtly use, which have survived across the centuries in large numbers and contain examples of pieces by both international and native German composers, such as Josquin, Isaac, Senfl and Hofhaimer.

Il Divino e Sacro Collegio

Philip Thorby, Jennie Cassidy, David Hatcher, Lynda Sayce,

Alison Kinder, Frances Eustace

The “divine and sacred college” is a description in 1544 of the group of musicians, poets and philosophers who met regularly in a Venetian Palazzo. The great Adrian Willaert, maestro di cappella at St Mark’s, directed performances at these meetings, often including viols, lute, and the great Venetian soprano Polissena Peccorina.

The Intrepid Academy captures the intimate spirit of the “collegio” with a varied programme of sacred and secular music for voice and instruments, culminating in a powerful sequence in which settings of Dido’s farewell to life alternate with instrumental ricercari by Willaert, masterpieces of wordless contemplation.

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