St Christopher

'Tis Nature's Voice
Event 13
Sunday October 11th, 3.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

The English golden age
John Dowland
Tell me true love – Sorrow stay – A shepherd in a shade – Semper Dowland, semper dolens – Sweet, stay awhile – In darkness let me dwell – The Earle of Essex, his Galliard
Daniel Batchelar
Allmayne (En me revenant)
Nicholas Lanier
Mark how the blushful morn – No more shall meads be decked with flowers
Robert Johnson
Have you seen the bright lily grow? – Woods, rocks and mountains
Henry Purcell
Tis nature's voice – Not all my torments – Music for a while – The Fatal Hour – Fairest Isle – How blest are shepherds

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

Paula Chateauneuf lute, theorbo    Samuel Boden high tenor

This concert is mainly drawn from England’s own Golden Age of lute music and song. The virtuoso lutenist-composer Dowland was the great musical genius of his time, whose internationally famous works were reprinted throughout Europe. The great Italian musical innovations at the beginning of the 17th century triggered experimentation by English Cavalier composers like Johnson and Lanier. A little later the towering genius was Henry Purcell, one of the greatest English composers of any period. His music is very human, very visceral

Soloist, accompanist, teacher and linchpin of numerous early music groups, Paula Chateauneuf has earned her reputation as the doyenne of plucked instruments for early music. We remember previous Little Missenden visits with affection. Her highly-acclaimed 17th century-style improvising ensemble, The Division Lobby, gave a memorable concert in John Buston’s memory.

Samuel Boden, a really exciting young high tenor with a voice of extraordinary beauty, has won many prizes since his career switch from chef to singer. He has sung early opera roles at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, ENO, Aix en Provence and many other venues.

Concert sponsored by Alan Hedges