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Courts and canals – Songs from London & Venice, with Musicke in the Ayre

4 May @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

During the birth of the Baroque across Europe, London and Venice were two opposite ends of the continent. In London, the lute songs of John Dowland kicked the century off, while his younger colleague Robert Johnson looked forward towards the new style which by the end of the century was a characteristic of Henry Purcell’s work. Over in Venice, Claudio Monteverdi was the towering presence through the first part of the century, establishing the new Baroque style; Francesco Cavalli followed with his huge contribution to opera, while his pupil Barbara Strozzi struck a blow across gender barriers with her prolific published output.

The versatile mezzo soprano Alice Simmons, known for her work in contemporary and folk circles, gives her first solo recital under the Musicke in the Ayre flag. She’ll be accompanied by Din Ghani on various lutes and an archlute. This will be the first concert in Musicke in the Ayre’s 2024 season at St Mary’s Bathwick. Refreshments will be available before and after the hour-long performance.

Darlington Street, Bathwick
Bath, Bath & North East Somerset BA2 4EB United Kingdom
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