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Sunday 1 October, 3pm
For this teatime concert, early music specialists Musicke in the Ayre uncover hidden gems of the 17th century from Venice, Ferrara and Versailles, including rarely heard pieces for three sopranos originally written for the famed ‘Singing ladies’ of the Ferrara court and their imitators.
Listen out for some references to the Three Graces, some of which you may also discover amongst the art exhibits!
Musicke in the Ayre is an evolving circle of singers and instrumentalists formed by lutenist/luthier Din Ghani in 2011 to explore the vast repertoire of 16th and 17th century art song from across Europe, accompanied by the lute and related instruments. Musicke in the Ayre’s ethos is to present concert programmes that are engaging and  entertaining, as well as educational.
Tea and biscuits are available from 2.30pm. Delicious single-estate, fair-trade Colombian coffee and chocolate will also be available at our special stall for the event.


T’amo mia vita Luzzasco Luzzaschi (1545 – 1607)L’Eraclito amoroso Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677)

Sospira respira Barbara Strozzi

Le tre Gratie a Venere Barbara Strozzi

Corrente Alessandro Piccinini (1566 – 1638)

Ma bergere est tendre et fidele Michel Lambert (1610 – 1696)

Dialogue de la Paix et de la Felicite Michel Lambert

Admirons notre jeune Michel Lambert

Pavaniglia con parti variate Giovanni Foscarini (1600 – 1647)

Folle e ben Tarquinio Merula (1595 – 1665)

Si la riva Angelo Notari (1566 – 1663)

Come dolce Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) 

£8 / £5 (under 18)

Din Ghani lute, archlute, baroque guitar ¦ Jane Hunt soprano ¦ Philippa Neaverson soprano ¦ Maria Danishvar Brown soprano

Musicke in the Ayre

In 2010 Din Ghani began organising informal lute-song workshops at his home in Wiltshire, involving various singers he got to know over the last few years – some through the Lute Society, others through participating in master classes given by Emma Kirkby and David Miller at Dartington, and Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields at Jackdaws. The enjoyment generated at these workshops fuelled a desire to perform this repertoire; Musicke in the Ayre was conceived as an umbrella performing group for varying combinations of singers working with Din on lute, and sometimes with other instruments too.

“A brilliant evening’s entertainment from some astonishingly talented musicians.”
Press Review

Typically performed by a duo comprising Din and a singer, the programmes are usually designed around solo songs accompanied by lute (or continuo realised on lute/archlute). Occasionally, as in this programme, duets are also included, involving a second  or even third singer, and sometimes with other instruments such as the bass viol too, violin, or a second lute. The musical styles range from Renaissance to early Baroque.