Elizabeth Kenny

In partnership with SJE Arts

Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attemtping to re-make contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients: the intellectual-sounding chitarrone was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. But with its long second neck and eccentric tuning it soon acquired a reputation for comedy. Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities. This programme features the UK première of Nico Muhly’s Berceuse, written for Liz Kenny in November 2018.

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute players, whose playing has been described as 'incandescent' (Music and Vision), 'radical' (The Independent) and 'indecently beautiful' (Toronto Post). She is also Director of Performance at the University of Oxford and a Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music. Join her for a fascinating programme bringing together work from the 17th and 21st Centuries.

Date: Thursday 27 June 2019

Time: 19:30-21:15

Venue: SJE Arts

Tickets: £25, £20, £15 (£10 reduction for under 25s)


Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata Cromatica; Partiti variate sopra la Folia; Ciaconna

Hieronymus Kapsberger: Toccata; Passacaglia; Capona; Canario; Colascione 

James MacMillan: Motet from Since It Was the Day of Preparation

Benjamin Oliver: Extending from the Inside

Robert de Visée: Suite in C minor

Nico Muhly: Berceuse with seven variations