St. John’s Episcopal Starts Concerts On The Hill Season

From Concerts on the Hill: The 2017 Concerts on the Hill presents “Died for Love: English and Irish Lute Song from the 16th and 17th Centuries” with Bedlam Early Music this Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00pm St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at 4:00pm.

This intimate concert will demonstrate the beauty and variety of English and Irish songs for voice and lute from the 16th and 17th century. In addition to well-known tunes such as “Greensleeves” and “Lavender’s Blue,” Bedlam Early Music will be performing hidden gems such as “Died for Love” and a number of songs by the great English song composer, Thomas Campion (1567-1620).

From songs about heartbreak and lost love, to bawdy tunes about rolls in the hay, audiences will get a glimpse into the beautiful and often tragic world of the Renaissance. A selection of French lute solos will highlight the discord between the English and their great rivals on the continent.

Bedlam Early Music is made up of soprano Kayleen Sánchez and Laudon Schuett on Lute. Together, they have been hailed as two of the finest young early musicians. Bedlam specializes in historical performance techniques and will be using original pronunciation, giving audience members a chance to hear how English was spoken at the time.

“Bedlam Early Music are exceptional story-tellers and they create an intimate atmosphere from the moment they begin to play, pulling listeners into a magical experience,” notes Margaret Harper, Director of Music and Liturgy, St. John’s Episcopal Church. “Kayleen’s voice is enchanting and has an otherworldly purity to it while Laudon is a thoughtful and compelling music-maker. Together, I know audiences will find them captivating.”

At each performance of Concerts on the Hill, audience members will have the opportunity to hear directly from the performers about the musical selections and the featured instruments. There is a suggested at-the-door…

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