Sunday 23 June | 7.30pm
The Herschel Trio York Concert Series: Concert 3
The Falcon and the Crown
£18.00 (£16.00 concessions | £9.00 students and under 18)
John Potter tenor
Jacob Heringman lute
Graham O’Sullivan recorder,renaissance flute
Susanna Pell viol
Mie Hayashi virginal
Tonight’s concert will be the inaugural performance of a newly commissioned copy of the “Queen Elizabeth Virginal” in the Victoria and Albert Museum by Alan Gotto. This beautiful instrument, formed part of the collection of Queen Elizabeth I, and its beautiful decoration includes both the Royal Coat of Arms, and an image of a Crowned Falcon standing on a tree stump, an emblem/device which was used by Ann Boleyn and then adopted by her daughter.
Inspired by this remarkable instrument and its associations with both Queen Elizabeth, herself reputed to be an accomplished virginalist, and her ill-fated mother, tonight’s programme explores music of the courts of both.
In this concert, the Herschel Trio are delighted to be joined by John Potter (tenor) and Jacob Heringman (lute).
“[Jacob Heringman]… a master of the instrument… this is admirable playing of a refined and undeservedly neglected repertoire” (Gramophone)
“Delicately wanton yet sensitive playing” (The Independent)
“Potter has one of the warmest, most expressive yet unmelodromatic tenor voices around” (Gramophone)
“Here’s a singer of such insight and imagination that everything he touches seems to turn to gold” (Classic FM Magazine)
The Herschel Trio formed in 2011, its members all having relocated from London to the North of England, and take their name from the astronomer and composer William Herschel (1738-1822) who relocated to the north of England himself in 1757. Graham O’Sullivan (flute/recorder) has performed with many of the country’s leading baroque ensembles, and for many years has been a member of the Dunedin Consort. Susanna Pell (viola da gamba) spent the first 25 years of her career touring the world and making highly acclaimed recordings with Fretwork and The Dufay Collective. Her eclectic musical output has included appearances on the soundtracks of several films, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and on Kate Bush’s 2005 album Aerial. Mie Hayashi (harpsichord) has performed throughout the world both as a soloist and chamber artist, winning prizes at both the 2005 Japan International Early Music Competition, and 2006 Bruges International Early Music Competition.. 2016 saw the release of her much lauded solo disc ‘Ascents of the Soul’ (Omnibus Classics).
Following the success of their 2017 series of concerts in York exploring the music of Telemann, they are delighted to be joined for their 2018-2019 series of concerts in the beautiful setting of St Olave’s Church by three great friends and outstanding musicians: the flautist Rachel Brown, the singer John Potter and lutenist Jacob Heringman.
Claudin Sermisy: Jouyssance vous donneray
Anon.: Consort XXI
Heinrich Isaac: La my [La mi la sol]
Anon.: Madame d’amours
William Cornysh (1465-1523): Adieu, adie, my heartes lust!
Anon.: Regina coeli
Sermisy: Jouyssance vous donneray &Tant que vivray
Anon.: Venes regrets, venes tous
John Bennet: Eliza, her name gives honour
John Dowland: Queen Elizabeth’s Galliard
John Dowland: Go, nightly cares
Anon.: La Rossignol & Drewie’s Accords
Robert Parsons: Ave Maria
William Byrd: ‘The Bells'
Anthony Holborne: The Funerals (Pavan)
William Byrd: Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
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