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"Whoever wants some light fun, come to the party for a little while!

Young lovers - bring your sweethearts!

Come hear the singing and ringing!" 

In our upcoming Spring concert "Madrigal Madness" we offer a concert of madrigals and part songs from the 16th Century to the 20th.

Music will include Adriano Banchieri's rarely performed Festino nella sera di Giovedì Grasso avanti Cena of 1608. A Bolognese priest, Banchieri wrote several "madrigal cycles", works of up to 20 individual madrigals telling a single story, including this depiction of an evening's entertainment before dinner at carnival time. A series of groups including match sellers, bakers, and revellers in animal masks invade the party to entertain and amuse. 

Other works include onomatopoeic madrigals by Claude Janequin - La Guerre depicts the 1515 battle of Marignan, where combined French and Venetian forces defeated the Swiss confederates.

We will follow this with related genres from 17th century France and England: elegant airs de cours by Pierre Guedron and delightful Elizabethan lute songs by John Dowland.

We then move to more modern music still inspired by the past - Claude Debussy's Trois chansons de Charles D'Orleans, setting the words written by the 15th Century French Duke Charles D'Orleans while a prisoner of war in England, and English master Ralph Vaughan William's Three Shakespeare Songs.

Come join us as we explore beautiful music written for the voice - music designed to tell stories and delight the senses.

Coming up in 2020

Summer Concert

Celebrating Somerset's Composers

Date and venue TBC

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