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Tuesday 14 May, 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square

Sophie Daneman
Matthew Brook
Theatre of the Ayre
Anne-Marie Lasla
Steven Devine
Elizabeth Kenny

soprano
bass-baritone

viola da gamba
harpsichord
lute

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Country Life: Pastoral Songs and Duets from 17th-century England

Sophie Daneman
Matthew Brook

From the shepherd who complains of a disappeared golden age, to his idealised counterpart in Milton's Comus, to the innocent swain tortured by his heartless Lucinda, shepherds have long reflected both the bliss and the cruelty of the 'simple life' of the outdoors. In music by Dowland, William and Henry Lawes, Purcell and others, Elizabeth Kenny's group celebrates the pastoral existence and tests its status as a symbol of all that was beautiful, and lost, about England.

'Refined, sparkling and intelligent.'
International Record Review

Tickets £28, £22, £15, £10
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