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April 23 @ 13:45 - 16:00Free
Listen to glorious music from the time of Shakespeare performed on period instruments.
Free, no booking required. Performances at 1.45pm and 3.30pm in the courtyard outside Sutton Coldfield Library.
Passamezzo is an established early music ensemble known for their ability to bring historical events to life through their engaging performances and programming. They specialize in English Tudor and Stuart repertoire.
A group of musicians, singers, actors and dancers, with years of experience as historical interpreters, the ensemble delights in all aspects of musical life, from the intimacy of the lute song, to the brash raucousness of the broadside ballad, from the sacred part song, to the profane insanity of bedlamite mad songs. The programmes are carefully researched with music frequently taken from manuscript sources, unearthing pieces that have lain hidden for centuries. It is this range of material and overall spectacle, combined with the informative and accessible manner of their presentation, that makes Passamezzo such an engaging group.
They have played in a great variety of venues including the British Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; Hampton Court Palace and in theatres, concert halls, stately homes, churches, palaces and ruins throughout England.
Television and Radio credits include: Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family; (BBC1); Lucy Worsley’s Twelve Days of Tudor Christmas; Howard Goodall’s The Truth about Carols (BBC2); Big Brother (Channel 4); A Discovery of Witches (Sky); Frost Fair; King Lear and Boxing Day, (Radio 4)
Photo: Eric Richmond