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Musicke in the Ayre have over the last few years established themselves as a leading performer of music from the 16th and 17th centuries for voices and plucked string (i.e. lutes and other related period instruments), bringing this beautiful repertoire to audiences across the country and abroad through engaging programmes carefully crafted to inform as well as entertain. Their blend of historically informed performance and well-researched historical narrative make them popular in places like the National Portrait Gallery and the Foundling Museum in London, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

They return to the Silk Mill with a programme of gorgeous music from Venice of the Seicento – one of their favourite periods – centred around the work of an outstanding lady born there 400 years ago. Apart from being female, Barbara Strozzi was also an illegitimate child, but it did not stop her from publishing more music that any of her, often more famous, male contemporaries such as Monteverdi or her teacher Cavalli (their work is also included in the programme).

In this performance of arias and duets which were some of the greatest hits from Venice, leader lutenist/luthier Din Ghani will accompany Bath-based sopranos Maria Danishvar and Jane Hunt, using period instruments of his own making. Long-standing members of the Musicke in the Ayre team (and regular duet partners), both singers are well-known in the South-West as soloists and recitalists, working with various orchestras and choral groups. Maria specialises in Russian song, and performs regularly on the Continent. Jane recently gave a special recital with Din at the National Portrait Gallery linked to an exhibition of Elizabethan and Jacobean miniatures there. She also gives recitals of modern-day art song.

Ticket for this event available from the Cheese & Grain Box Office.