Internationally acclaimed American countertenor
Flow My Tears.
Popular songs of the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, including music of John Dowland, Thomas Campion, John Danyel and other celebrated composers of “The Golden Age”.
An Evening with Mr Henry Purcell.
The life and times of England’s most illustrious 17th-century composer is put into a historical perspective through readings and song, featuring Samuel Pepys and other contemporary figures.
The Water is Wide.
Despite the pond separating the Americas from the British Isles, the folk song traditions of the nations are linked by a common thread. Enjoy the beauty and simplicity of the genre collected in America by John Jacob Niles and arranged in Britain by Nicholas Marshall and Robert Spencer.
The Contemporary Lute Song.
A presentation of the wealth of music written for countertenor and lute since 1950. This programme features songs and song cycles by American and British composers including Allyson Applebaum, Richard Rodney Bennett, Walter Bergmann, Geoffrey Burgon and John Gardner.
“The audience were captivated by the performers, whose elaboration on the history of the music, stories about the composers, and helpful information about the countertenor range were very interesting. The performers’ engaging manner established an immediate rapport between them and their audiences”. La Nacion – San Jose, Costa Rica
“Steven Rickards’ sheer musicality was a joy as the perfectly focused voice, poised and delicate, with every pure note floating around the building, produced what I call “tingle” singing. Dorothy Linell’s playing was always sensitive to the voice and was beautifully assured in solo pieces”. Eastern Daily Press, Norwich, UK