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Musical Banquet - A Feast for your Ears!

Saturday September 22, 2018 at 19:30
St Mary the Virgin Church, Kidlington
£10 (£8 concessions; £5 under 16s), including complimentary souvenir programme and interval hospitality
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  1. If music be the food of love Z 379 - Henry Purcell
  2. Springtime mantleth every bough - Thomas Morley
  3. Amyntas with his Phyllis fair - Francis Pilkington
  4. The fall of the leaf - Martin Peerson
  5. Now winter nights enlarge, from Third Booke of Ayres - Thomas Campion
  6. White as lilies was her face - John Dowland
  7. Her rosy cheeks - Thomas Campion
  8. With fragrant flowers - Francis Pilkington
  9. Passava amor - Anonymous
  10. Dime, robadora - Anonymous
  11. Danza de las hachas - Gaspar Sanz
  12. Dame acojida - Esteban Daza
  13. Vuestros ojos - Anonymous
  14. Der Rheinische Wein - Adam Krieger
  15. When the chill cherocco blows - Anonymous
  16. Watkins ale - Traditional
  17. Most men do love the Spanish wine - Anonymous
  18. Comin' thro the Rye - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  19. Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  20. My love is like a red, red rose - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  21. Durisdeer - We'll meet nae mair at sunset - Traditional Scottish
  22. Afton Water - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  23. Wi' a hundred pipers - Lady Carolina Nairne
  24. Come Love, let's walk - Anonymous
  25. Underneath a cypress shade - Francis Pilkington
  26. O sweet woods - John Dowland
  27. Man is for the woman made - Henry Purcell
  28. She that would gain a faithful lover Z 414 - Henry Purcell
  29. Pious Celinda Z410 - Henry Purcell
  30. The knotting song - Henry Purcell
  31. 'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town, from The Mock Marriage Z.605 - Henry Purcell

The critically acclaimed Oxfordshire early music trio Musical Banquet will be making a welcome return to St Mary the Virgin Church, Kidlington, Oxfordshire at 7:30pm on Saturday 22nd September 2018 and performing a Gala Fundraising Concert in aid of St Mary's Choristers. Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up another delectable menu of musical delicacies including vocal and instrumental works by Dowland, Campion and Purcell, along with some of their English and European contemporaries, interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

The Grade I listed church of St Mary dates from the 13th century and occupies an ancient site in the village between the river Cherwell and the Oxford canal, some 5 miles north of the city. Its octagonal spire, rising 171 feet above ground level, is a familiar landmark in the Cherwell valley, and known as `Our Lady's Needle'. Other notable features include some fine examples of medieval stained glass and, at the east end, beautifully carved oak misericords, thought to be the oldest in an English Parish Church.

Tonight is an unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed on period instruments combined with Countertenor voice much as the 17th and 18th century audience might have heard them. With plenty of surprises along the way, the concert will be presented in the group's characteristically innovative, energetic and imaginative style and the gourmet ‘menu’ will include some spicy 'musical nibbles' from 17th century Spain, accompanied by Baroque Guitar, sweet treats from one of England's finest composers, Henry Purcell, and a special tribute to the poet and songwriter Robert Burns. A tempting indulgence for all musical gastronomes!

Ticket prices include a complimentary souvenir programme and interval hospitality, when there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians, and all proceeds from this event will be donated towards suporting St Mary's Choristers.

Musical Banquet's vibrant and energetic performances have delighted critics and audiences alike:

‘The effect of such entrancing music was quite magical’. ‘Beautifully presented with wit, polish and panache’. ‘A musical marvel!’ ‘The audience were spellbound’ 'Such enthusiastic and passionate performers' ‘An unforgettable evening!’ 'It was a real treat to listen to early English and European music performed to such a high standard’ ‘Thank you for another great show. You remain unique and indefatigable (and very digestible!’)’

Come along and experience for yourself this 'Feast for the Ears'!

St Mary the Virgin Church
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