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Rose Consort of Viols

St Olave’s Church, Marygate
Friday 11 July 2:00pm

Adults £15.00 | Concessions £13.00  SOLD OUT 

Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds: the first viols in England

John Bryan, Alison Crum, Andrew Kerr, Roy Marks viols with Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano

When Catherine of Aragon arrived in England in 1501 to marry Prince Arthur, she brought with her the musical culture of her parents, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Five years later Philip the Fair of Burgundy was shipwrecked on the English coast en route to Spain, and his minstrels also entertained the Tudor court. The two events speeded the development of the early viol consort in England, celebrated in this programme of music from the Spanish songbook of Catherine''s parents, pieces associated with Philip and his musicians, and works both English and continental preserved in Tudor manuscripts.

".. the Rose Consort play in a sublimely unfussy, unfettered manner worthy of the music” Gramophone

The Rose Consort will be using a special set of viols modelled on those depicted in a painting by Lorenzo Costa of 1497.

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