24.01.13 7.45pm, Sheffield Crucible Studio Theatre; £15, £10 Disabled and Unemployed, £5 Under 18s and Students

Theatre of the Ayre
Dowland: Anniversary Collection

Elizabeth Kenny LUTE
Robin Blaze COUNTERTENOR
Pamela Thorby RECORDER
Alison McMillivray VIOLS

Elizabeth Kenny, widely regarded as one of the finest lutenists on the world stage, has a longstanding love of English seventeenth-century song. Here she is joined by some of today’s most outstanding interpreters of this music to form Theatre of the Ayre, an innovative ensemble which reinvents seventeenth century pieces in the spirit of improvisation and entertainment.

In the year of the 450th anniversary of John Dowland’s birth, the group performs some of the composer’s most personal and direct songs, each of them a masterpiece of style and beauty; a musical snapshot of late-Elizabethan England. Not simply rooted in the past, the concert also features Rachel Stott’s Songs and Dances from the Lords’ Masque, described by The Independent as “mesmerising” following its premiere at Wigmore Hall.

Post-concert Q&A
Your chance to ask questions and hear more from the musicians in Theatre of the Ayre.