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Tuesday, 10 May, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Newbury Spring Festival

The Touches of Sweet Harmony


To mark of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Stile Antico performs a mouthwatering programme of Elizabethan and Jacobean music. In addition to settings of words from Shakespeare’s plays, we encounter music written for the great events of his life or which explore some of the themes of his work. Completing this fascinating picture are Shakespeare-texted works by Huw Watkins and Nico Muhly, written especially for Stile Antico.

Thomas Morley: It was a lover and his lass
William Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth 
John Dowland: Say, Love, if ever thou did’st find
WilbyeWhat needeth all this travail?
Weelkes: Thule, the period of cosmography
Byrd: Why do I use my Paper, Ink and Pen
Huw Watkins: The Phoenix and the Turtle
Byrd: Tristitia et anxietas
Robert JohnsonFull fathom five
Thomas TomkinsBe strong and of a good courage
Thomas WeelkesO Lord, grant the King a long life
Weelkes: When David heard
Robert RamseySleep, fleshly birth
Nico Muhly: Gentle sleep
WilbyeDraw on, sweet night
Orlando Gibbons: The Silver Swan
GibbonsWhat is our life?

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