Any of my concert programmes may be performed
as lecture recitals, with less music and more commentary. However, this
programme was specifically designed to include a considerable amount
of spoken material, including opportunities for questions and discussion.
Hold history in
your hands - spend an evening with the lute!
A fascinating and engaging introduction
to the lute family (as many of them as will fit into my car!), illustrated
with live music on a huge variety of instruments, including Magno the
two-metre theorbo, whose back is made from more than 100 pieces of wood.
for an illustrated brochure.
Music and Art - illustrated talks
Lecture-recitals including slides, instruments and live music are available, focusing on the history of the lute as portrayed in the visual arts, or on the wider theme of musical instruments in art. These are especially popular with fine arts / history societies.
These are sample programmes suitable
for full-length evening recitals with an interval. For lunchtime or
teatime concerts, any programme can be modified to run without an interval.
I am always interested in exploring new repertory and am happy to devise
themed programmes to suit your requirements.
The Age of Gold
A voyage through the sixteenth century,
beginning in the shadow of the gilded domes of San Marco, Venice, around
1500, and ending in London in the glory days of Elizabeth I. On the
way we meet music from the burghers of 1530s Nürnberg, and the
courtiers of 1550s Paris. The music ranges from the zestful brilliance
of Joanambrosio Dalza's dances to the dark genius and tortured chromaticism
of John Dowland. Performed on 6 and 7 course lutes, and (UK concerts
only) bass lute. A CD of this programme, entitled 'Travels with my lute'
Music from Elizabethan and Jacobean
England, including tunes mentioned in the plays, pieces dedicated to
Shakespeare's patrons, and works written by his colleagues. Performed
on 7- and 10-course lutes, this recital includes music by John Dowland,
John and Robert Johnson, Ludovico Bassano and Thomas Morley. Also available
as a lecture recital including an exploration of Shakespeare's musical
language and imagery: this is particularly suitable for students of
English literature. A duo version of this programme with Emma Murphy
(soprano & recorders) is also available.
An exploration of the life and times
of the dark genius of the English lute. Music by the man himself, and
also by his colleagues, his rivals, his son and his employer. Played
on 7 and 10 course lutes.
A tour of Europe, c.1620, with music
from Scotland, England, France, Germany, Poland and Italy, interspersed
with readings from Jacobean travel writings. From cuisine in Scotland
to horse(!) couture in Poland, this is early seventeenth-century Europe
in microcosm. Played on 10 course lute.
In Search of Lost
Very suitable for introducing the
lute to a non-specialist audience, this programme includes music from
two of the most important periods in the lute's long history, and some
of its great masters. Music from the English 'Golden Age', by Danyel,
Robinson and Dowland, and from the German high baroque, by Weiss and
Straube. Played on 7 course renaissance lute and 13 course baroque lute.
Three Worlds: Lute music ancient,
modern, and timeless
This programme juxtaposes the lute's finest traditional repertory with some of my favourite modern works,
some inspired by historical idioms, and some certainly not! Very suitable
for introducing the lute to mainstream or contemporary music audiences,
this is definitely not an early music programme. Composers include Bartok,
Chobanian, Maxwell Davies, Skempton, Wallace. Instruments variable;
may include 7, 10 and 13 course lutes, and/or theorbo.
Tous les soirs du
Music of extraordinary intimacy and
delicacy, from the court of the sybaritic Sun King Louis XIV of France,
by his personal musicians and teachers Robert de Visée, Francesco
Corbetta, Michelangelo Bartolotti, and Marin Marais. Performed on baroque
guitar and French theorbos.
Bach and Friends
Bach's music is the pinnacle of many
instruments' repertories and the lute is no exception. This programme
pairs the master's music with works by his friend and colleague Sylvius
Leopold Weiss, his student Rudolf Straube, and other lutenists who were
close to the Bach family, Ernst-Gottlieb Baron, Johann Kropfganss and
Adam Falckenhagen. Performed on 13 course baroque lute and mandora.
The following concerti are in my regular repertory; many are actually chamber pieces requiring only a handful of string players. I can recommend suitable partners for double concerti.
Concerto in D major for lute and jew's harp (with Michael Wright, jew's harp)
Lute concerto in D major
Concerto in D minor for lute and viola d'amore
Concerto in G major for mandolin
Concerto in C major for two mandolins