The internationally renowned Passamezzo are to perform Music, words & song from Shakespeare’s England on Wednesday 25th July, 2018 in support of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent at the 5th in a series of annual charity musical evenings organised by the Worsted Weavers Guild.
Passamezzo perform historical music, dance and spectacle for all occasions, specialising in the Elizabethan and Jacobean masque.
The performance will be in St James’ Church on the Packington Estate in Warwickshire (~ 20 minutes north of Kenilworth), by generous permission of Lord and Lady Aylesford. Packington Hall and its Pompeiian Room, the Capability Brown designed grounds and the Diocletian-era inspired church are not normally open to the public.
The performance will be followed by a reception on the Packington Hall Terrace with wine/soft drinks and canapés. Tickets for the concert and the reception are £35 per person.
Passamezzo Performance – Touches of sweet harmony: Music, words & song from Shakespeare’s England. St James’ Church, Packington Estate
Reception – Pompeiian Room at Packington Hall
Passamezzo was founded by Tamsin Lewis in 2001, initially to explore the Jacobean Masque. A passamezzo was a popular sixteenth century tune and dance. It could be played and danced simply and enjoyed by anyone, but could also become an exhibition piece, with virtuosic and showy divisions played upon it.
Passomezzo founder Tamsin Lewis said: “We chose the name Passamezzo for ourselves because we feel it reflects the character of our work: we provide a wide range of performances from the very simple to the very elaborate, and pride ourselves on creating a piece which suits your occasion perfectly.”
The core membership of the ensemble has expanded to: Eleanor Cramer (soprano), Alison Kinder (viols and recorders), Tamsin Lewis (Renaissance violin, viols, voice), Richard Mackenzie and Robin Jeffrey (plucked strings), Richard De Winter and Michael Palmer (actors and baritones), and Charlotte Ewart (choreographer) .
The ensemble specialise in English Elizabethan and Jacobean repertoire, the masque remaining an important part of their programming, and concerts have a distinct theatrical air created by costume, readings and presentation. The ensemble delights in all aspects of musical life, from the intimacy of the lute song, to the brash raucousness of the broadside ballad, from the sacred part song, to the profane insanity of bedlamite mad songs. The programmes are carefully researched with music frequently taken from manuscript sources, unearthing pieces that have lain hidden for centuries. It is this range of material and overall spectacle, combined with the informative and accessible manner of their presentation, that makes Passamezzo such an engaging group.
Passamezzo often work with dancers and actors. They have played in a great variety of venues including the British Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; Hampton Court Palace and in theatres, concert halls, stately homes, churches, palaces and ruins throughout England.
Television and Radio credits include: BBC Restoration; Howard Goodall’s The Truth about Carols (BBC2); Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (BBC2); Henry VIII and his six wives, and Elizabeth I (Channel 5); Frost Fair; King Lear and Boxing Day, (Radio 4); Early Music for the Holidays; Christmas Carols, Chant and Legend (Harmonia Early Music/PRX).
For more information, visit www.coullquartet.com