Sunday, 15 April 2018

A Raleigh concert booked for September 2018 in Devon

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Great news for both Raleighphiles and Renaissance music enthusiasts!

As is well known, Sir Walter Raleigh's many accomplishments included poetry, and a number of his  poems have been set to music. 

This was the basis for the programme put together by lutenist Din Ghani and performed at the National Portrait Gallery in London on 23 February. 

Musick in the Ayre's 'Amor et virtute' tea-time concert in honour of Raleigh's 400th anniversary has just been booked for Saturday 22 September at the church of St Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, in Exeter. 

The performance will be from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Tickets £10 at the door (including refreshments afterwards), online booking arrangements to be sorted nearer the time.

Details about the church are at

So, an important date for the diary which will appear in the Raleigh 400 calendar of events. Do make a note of it now. Further postings will follow.  

Below is the programme for the National Portrait Gallery concert, as presented by Musick in the Ayre.  

  Amor et Virtute: a portrait in song of Sir Walter Raleigh

Time stands still - John Dowland (1563–1626)
Now what is love (W Raleigh) - Robert Jones (1577–1617)

Tobacco - Tobias Hume (1569–1645)
Can she excuse - John Dowland
It was a time when silly bees (Essex) - John Dowland
Sir Walter Raleigh his Galliard - Francis Cutting (1550–1603)
O grief - Giovanni Coperario (1570 – 1626)
What tears, dear Prince (W Raleigh) 
Robert Ramsey (1590 – 1644)
Yo soy la locura - Henry Du Bailly  (1590-1637)
Un sarao de la Chacona - Juan Aranes (d.1649)
Like hermit poor (W Raleigh) - Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
What is our life (W Raleigh) - Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)

Together with singers from his group Musicke in the Ayre in 2018 Din will again be presenting additional programmes of live music from the time of Raleigh: on 7 July as part of the Frome Festival, and in Bath on 11 October. 

Musicke in the Ayre’s next London concert will be on 5 May at St Alfege Greenwich; Din will be joined by two singers and two viol players in 'Exiles, immigrants and émigrés'.

To be kept informed of Musick in the Ayre's activities, please visit or contact

You can hear performances at

(including some of Gillian Wormley) and at


To be continued.

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