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An Elizabethan Christmas

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Yuletide in the Elizabethan era was a time of profound spirituality as well as celebration – and composers such as Byrd, Gibbons and Tallis composed some of the most timeless sacred music ever created in these islands. Tonight’s programme explores the grandeur, the emotion and the deep beauty that lay at the heart of Christmas festivities at the court of Elizabeth I.

Since its foundation in 1985, viol consort Fretwork has helped disseminate and renew a tradition of music formerly little known beyond a small band of specialists, its extraordinary standard of playing wedded to an approach to repertory that has seen it seek out forgotten music as well as commissioning new works from contemporary composers. Tonight, Fretwork are joined by mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, winner of the Handel Singing Competition 2018, for a celebratory festive concert that journeys us back in time. Fretwork will be joined by soprano Helen Charlston. Helen won First Prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for 2017-19.


Fretwork appearing at this event

Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. Their recordings of arrangements of J. S. Bach have won particular praise, but they have recently issued a disc containing music by Grieg, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Warlock & Britten. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory - Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes & Byrd - have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.

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Also Appearing

Helen Charlston

Turner Sims Concert Hall

  • University of Southampton
  • University Road
  • Southampton
  • SO17 1BJ

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