Lent and Easter are a busy time for music in the church year, and a particularly exciting time for singing the Mezzo arias from the Bach Passions. Cantoring at St. Anne’s, West Hill, Highgate has given me a wonderful opportunity to sing so many of these wonderful arias, but the Good Friday Recital will give three of the regular cantors an opportunity to sing more secular songs and lied from more recent eras. Resident organist Matthew Power playing piano, at St. Anne's just below Parliament Hill.
Other Lenten and Easter music from Medieval England will feature in All Saint’s Church in Kingston-upon-Thames on 25th March. With Mike Parker on Medieval harp and William Summers on medieval flute. We found that, where much of the Northern French music and texts of Spring are pastoral love and nature songs, the Anglo-Norman songs are much more devout and reflective.
In June, a concert in my home town of Salisbury, will be a lovely opportunity to sing again with Din Ghani in a programme devised around local cleric and poet George Herbert. The programme Awake my Lute is constructured around texts by him and members of his family with accompaniment on Renaissance Lute. Later in the month, a concert with Loki Consort featuring Scherzi Musicali of Monteverdi and other duets with the wonderful Patricia Hammond will take place in the Stroud Green Festival- ticket details to follow.
In September the Jane Austen Consort will return to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare in Richmond with Taro Takeuchi on the very rare and beautiful Harp Lute and William Summers on flute. The music featured all sourced from the library of Jane Austen’s family.