Our ‘add-on’ Live Zoom event last Saturday with Sean Shibe was a great occasion, offering plenty of insights into the world of this superb artist. If you were there, thanks for your company - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
This week we’re delighted to welcome Elizabeth Kenny, one of the world’s most admired lute-players and one of the masterminds behind the hauntingly beautiful ‘Cubaroque’ concert given at this year’s Baroque at the Edge. Together with tenor Nicholas Mulroy and guitarist Toby Carr, Elizabeth gave ravishing and insightful performances of brilliant 17th-century songs by the likes of Monteverdi, Purcell and Barbara Strozzi, mixed with evocative 20th-century Latin American classics by song-writers such as Silvio Rodríguez, Victor Jara and Caetano Veloso.
In his 4-star review in The Telegraph, Ivan Hewett commented:
In terms of feeling, the two things were really miles apart, but Mulroy sang both with such a winning, unforced ease, and the accompaniment from guitarists Elizabeth Kenny and Toby Carr had such an infectious rhythmic swing that you could almost believe they were genuinely close.
Appropriately then, Elizabeth has entitled her talk All about that bass! The uses of continuo in 17th-century and other music, and it promises to be a fascinating insight into the mysterious art of baroque - and other! - semi-improvised accompaniment. If you’ve ever wondered what ‘basso continuo’ really is, what it actually does, here’s a chance to find out!
Tickets for the concert film are still available via the Baroque at the Edge website until 31 March, so why not sign up for both events and have an Elizabeth Kenny Day’! Or – if you have already bought the Cubaroque film (which you can play repeatedly until 31 March) – listen to it again, either before or after Elizabeth’s talk and come primed with questions.
Tickets for the Live Zoom events are £5 from Baroque at the Edge | What’s On.
Next weeks' Live Zoom is with soprano Lucy Crowe talking about her Folkbaroque concert, and we’ll be adding on further Zooms in the coming weeks if interest holds, so do join us if you want the series to continue! Booking for Lucy Crowe opens immediately after Liz Kenny's talk has finished.
Thank you again for your interest in Baroque at the Edge; we hope to see you on screen tomorrow.