Stile Antico

November 24, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Priory Rd
Malvern WR14 3DR
Stile Antico @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres | England | United Kingdom

‘The Touches of Sweet Harmony’ – The Musical World of William Shakespeare

In this enticing programme, devised to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Stile Antico presents a beguiling selection of music connected with the life and work of England’s greatest writer.

Thomas Morley: It was a lover and his lass

William Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant

John Dowland: Say, Love, if ever thou did’st find

John Wilbye: What needeth all this travail – Fools! Can you not see?

Thomas Weelkes: Thule – The Andalusian Merchant

Huw Watkins: The Phoenix and the Turtle

William Byrd: Tristitia et anxietas

Robert Johnson: Full fathom five

Thomas Tomkins: Be strong and of a good courage

Thomas Weelkes: O Lord Grant the King a Long Life

Thomas Weelkes: When David Heard

Robert Ramsey: Sleep, Fleshly Birth

Nico Muhly: Gentle Sleep

Orlando Gibbons: The Silver Swan

Orlando Gibbons: What is Our Life?

Shakespeare’s plays and poetry brim with references to music. Stile Antico explores rare surviving settings of his words by his contemporaries Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, alongside music connected to the great events of his lifetime. Shakespeare’s chief patron was the Protestant James I, for whom Tomkins and Weelkes wrote extravagant coronation anthems. However, Shakespeare also had intriguing links with recusant Catholicism, whose supreme musical spokesman was William Byrd. Completing this fascinating picture are brand new settings of Shakespeare’s poetry by Nico Muhly and Huw Watkins, composed especially for Stile Antico.

Stile Antico, which performs without conductor, is a British vocal ensemble now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field and has an extensive and award-winning discography on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Stile Antico April 2014 – credit Eric Richmond