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The People's Prince: lute songs for Prince Henry d.1612 by Musicke in the Ayre

Saturday June 16, 2012 at 13:00
Church of St. John the Evangelist, Leeds
Free admission – no ticket required

400 years ago, Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales, died aged 18 – an event that changed the course of English history. The eldest son of James I, he was the dashing young prince beloved of the people (more so than his father). A great patron of the arts as well as a highly promising future monarch, his death caused a nationwide outpouring of grief, expressed from the streets as well as through literature and music.

This concert brings this fascinating period of history to life through music written both by musicians in Henry’s own court, and by others paying tribute to him both in life and in death. Much was published in books dedicated to the Prince; some pieces were written for the Masques that people like Ben Jonson created for the court, others for the theatre where the works of Shakespeare and Fletcher were enjoyed by the people. Much of this music was written for voice accompanied by lute and/or viol, with musicians and poets fusing their skills in one of the loveliest forms of art music. The programme includes pieces by William Byrd, John Coperario, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger, Robert Johnson and Thomas Campion.

Church of St. John the Evangelist
23 New Briggate
West Yorkshire
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