Elizabeth Kenny

Sat 15 Jun 3:30pm

From £5.00 to £20.00

Orford Church

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Saturday 15 June 2019 - 3.30pm

Priority booking for Annual Donors from Tuesday 15 January, Friends from Tuesday 29 January, and Advanced Booking list (including e-ABL) from Tuesday 12 February. General booking opens on Tuesday 19 February at 10am. Find out more about joining us and priority booking.

Music from the early 17th century by Piccinini, Kapsberger and de Visée
Music from the early 21st century by James MacMillan, Benjamin Oliver and Nico Muhly (world premiere)

The development of the lute into the long-necked theorbo created an instrument with a split personality, having a delicacy and expressive depth to the sound but an unwieldy appearance that was mocked. Elizabeth Kenny celebrates these split identities, with beautiful melodies supported by long, resonant bass strings, but just a hint of the comic as well.

Mellifluous French music sits alongside eccentric Italian improvisation, and old works alongside new – a haunting 21st-century motet, a funk/ground bass-influenced fantasy, and a world premiere which exploits the unconventional tuning system and expressive possibilities of the instrument to powerful effect.

Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega