Venue, Timing and Cost
Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo
Alessandro Piccinnini (1566-c.1638)
Partiti variate sopra la Folia
Hieronymus Kapsberger (c.1580-1651)
James Macmillan (b.1959): Motet (from Since It Was the Day of Preparation)
Benjamin Oliver (b.1981): Extending from the Inside
Robert de Visée (late C17): Suite in D minor
Les Sylvains de M Couperin
Nico Muhly (b.1981): Berceuse with seven variations (UK première)
theorbo by Klaus Jacobsen 1992 after Italian originals
Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attemtping to re-make contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients: the intellectual-sounding chitarrone was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. But with its long second neck and eccentric tuning it soon acquired a reputation for comedy, and was nicknamed tiorba,(an old man’s hurdy gurdy), and in England, ‘theorbo’. Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities. This programme features the UK première of Nico Muhly’s Berceuse, written for Liz Kenny in November 2018.
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lutenists, her playing described as ‘incandescent’ (Music and Vision), ‘radical’ (The Independent) and ‘indecently beautiful’ (Toronto Post). She is also Director of Performance at the University of Oxford and a Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music.
Discounts available on combination tickets for 27, 29 and 30 June concerts.
SJE Arts in collaboration with Oxford Festival of the Arts
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St John the Evangelist church is on Iffley Road between Marston Street and James Street, opposite the University Sports Ground. Bus no.3 from the city centre stops directly outside.