Emilia: The Music of The Dark Lady

Songs and sonnets of Emilia Bassano

The English Concert
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
William Carter lute
Elizabeth MacCarthy violin
Alfonso Leal del Ojo viola
Jonathan Byers cello

In anticipation of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s latest play Emilia, being performed at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer, we delve into the world of Emilia Bassano, the supposed ‘Dark Lady’ of the Sonnets and muse to one William Shakespeare. The candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse sets the scene for one of England’s first feminist writers, pairing her poetry with the music of her contemporaries, friends and relatives at the Elizabethan/Stuart court.

Programme to include:
William Lawes
    Royall Consort Sett No. 6
[1602-45]

Nicholas Lanier  Weep no more, my wearied eyes'
[1588-1666] 'No more shall meads be deck’d with flowers'

Thomas Baltzar  Prelude
[1631-1663] 'John come kiss me now'

John Dowland    Fantasia 5, Forlorne Hope, Farwell
[1567-1626]

Nicholas Lanier  'Mark How the blushful morn'
'Amorosa pargoletta'
'Love’s sweet repose'
William Lawes Royall Consort Sett No. 7