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The Forum - Malvern Theatres
Grange Road
Grange Road
Great Malvern

WR14 3HB


William ByrdO Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth, our Queen
Thomas WeelkesWhen David Heard that Absalon was slain
Huw WatkinsThe Phoenix and the Turtle
Thomas TomkinsBe strong and of a good courage
Nico MuhlyGentle sleep
Thomas MorleyIt was a lover and his lass (As you like it: Act V Scene 3)
Robert JohnsonFull Fathom Five (The Tempest: Act I Scene 2)
Orlando GibbonsWhat is our life!
Orlando GibbonsThe Silver Swan
John DowlandSay, Love, if ever thou didst find


Stile Antico

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Programme Note

In this enticing programme, devised to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Stile Antico presents a beguiling selection of music connected with the life and work of England’s greatest writer.

Shakespeare’s plays and poetry brim with references to music. Stile Antico explores rare surviving settings of his words by his contemporaries Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, alongside music connected to the great events of his lifetime. Shakespeare’s chief patron was the Protestant James I, for whom Tomkins and Weelkes wrote extravagant coronation anthems. However, Shakespeare also had intriguing links with recusant Catholicism, whose supreme musical spokesman was William Byrd. Completing this fascinating picture are brand new settings of Shakespeare’s poetry by Nico Muhly and Huw Watkins, composed especially for Stile Antico.

Stile Antico, which performs without conductor, is a British vocal ensemble now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field and has an extensive and award-winning discography on the Harmonia Mundi label

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