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Linarol Consort

Friday 20 March, 1pm

Linarol Consort

Nouvelle Musique – Innovative music for viols from the court of Philip the Fair

At the start of the 16th century viols and their consorts were still new, so with a keen eye to fashion, Philip the Fair, the then Duke of Burgundy, employed viol players in his court. His son, the future Charles V, was taught the viol by Henry Bredemers and Isabella d’Este wrote to Duke Ercole d’Este asking for viols to be sent with her on her visit to the Netherlands on account of the esteem in which they were held in that region.

The Linarol Consort of Viols play on instruments based on the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument from around 1540, creating a unique sound quite distinct from the later instruments most commonly known today. This programme will explore the rich diversity of music popular in the Flemish court at the zenith of its ascendency.

Leon McCawley

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William Thomas bass Joseph Middleton piano

Friday 27 March, 1pm

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Quatuor Bozzini

Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm

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Joel Sachs piano

Friday 13 March, 1pm

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