Consonant Connections

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A Lunchtime Concert with Musicke in the Ayre: Gillian Wormley (soprano) and Din Ghani (archlute and baroque guitar)

Consonant Connections: A musical perspective on 17th century Anglo-Dutch relationships

Explore seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch music in this lunchtime recital. In honour of our temporary exhibition, Prized Possessions, this recital looks at Constantijn Huygens – musician, poet, art connoisseur and statesman (and discoverer of Rembrandt) – who, during his visits to the Jacobean Court, met London-based musicians Lanier (himself an artist and Royal art procurer), Gaultier and Foscarini. As well as songs and solos for lute and baroque guitar by these composers (and by Huygens himself), this programme includes works by Peter Philips and Richard Dering, English Catholics exiled in the Netherlands, and also by Henry Purcell during the reign of William and Mary who arrived in the Glorious Revolution.

Wiltshire-based lutenist/luthier Din Ghani formed Musicke in the Ayre in 2011 to explore and perform the vast repertoire of music for voice and plucked strings from the 16/17th centuries, working with an evolving team of singers and other instrumentalists. They have since given over a hundred concerts across the country and on the Continent. Gillian Wormley is a freelance soprano recitalist, singing teacher and vocal coach who embraces new technology to provide vocal coaching online, as well as running vocal workshop weekends at Dartington Hall. This is Gillian’s fourth performance with Din, who will be using instruments he made himself.