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Event Information: The Lute

15th July 2024


Friday 20th Septerber, 2019 7.30

£9 includes programme and interval refreshments. accompanied children free.
Members £5.


St Mary de Castro Church
St Mary de Castro Church, Castle Street, Leicester LE1 5WN Wheelchair Ramp available.

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An illustrated talk by lutenist Mike Ashley
Some history, some gossip and some fine music.

In this programme Mike will describe the importance of the lute in Renaissance Europe and how it became so iconic, not just for musicians but also for painters and poets – the legend of Orpheus helped! Mike will play some of his favourite pieces and show why and how they fit into the epic story of the rise and fall of the lute.

The music will start with the early Italian masters through to the golden age of English lute music in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Of course the greatest masters, Francesco da Milano and John Dowland will be well represented.

Mike is well known to us in Leicester for his many performances as Director of the Lachrimae Consort.