Soprano Carmel Edwards and Din Ghani (on lute, archlute and baroque guitar) are joined by locally-based soprano Carol Fieldhouse in an extended version of a programme they gave previously in London, which contrasts the development of solo song in England and in France through the 16th and 17th centuries. France saw the light voix de ville at the end of Valois reign evolve into the elegant air de cour of the early Bourbon court, eventually into the air serieux and other forms as influences from Italy began to take hold. In England, the lute ayre of the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages evolved into the Engish continuo song of the Cavalier and Restoration periods, with an increasing emphasis on music for the theatre.
All in all it makes for a delightful romp through 150 years of music on both sides of the channel.
Pay bar available from 7.00pm.