Our midsummer programme begins with sacred
pieces by Byrd and Gibbons, and a real firework of a motet by Giaches de Wert.
Anthems by John Blow, John Goss and William Harris will be
accompanied by Philip Duffy.
The second half
of the concert begins with well known songs by Morley and Dowland, with
an exciting and unusual madrigal by Weelkes.
Then there follows a
geographically-themed selection, suitable for celebrating an age of exploration.
Weelkes really excelled himself with Thule, the period of
cosmography, with its sonic
depictions of the strangeness of a
eruption and the wondrous sight of flying fishes.
Frances March reads
Marvell's poem Bermudas.
A most unusual catalogue of places as far apart
as Popocatepetl and Tibet is given a fugal workout by Ernst Toch; and we
have affectionate songs from Sweden and Flanders.
Finally, a lively song
extolling the thrill of Paris.
David Butcher and Geoffrey March play
musical interludes for guitar and cello.