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Monday, 19 March, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Wigmore Hall

Oriana, Fairest Queen

The reign of the great Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, saw an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England. The ‘Virgin Queen’, herself a talented musician, presided over a court which revelled in the skill of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland. This programme explores the way music was used to gain favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats and even by suitors, seeking to gain the royal hand in marriage. Along the way we meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England.

Byrd: O lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
ByrdAttolite portas
Thomas Tallis: Absterge Domine
Orlande de LassusMadonna mia pieta
Adrian Willaert: Vecchie letrose
Sandrin: Doulce memoire
FerraboscoExaudi Domine orationem meam
Alfonso FerraboscoAd Dominum cum tribularer
John DowlandNow ,O Now, I needs must part
DowlandCan she excuse my wrongs
John Wilbye: The Lady Oriana
Thomas WeelkesAs Vesta was


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