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Spektrix Ref 1: CBEK21


18 December | 8:00pm | £22 / £18 

Mulled wine from 7:15pm | Concert 8:00pm 


Elizabeth Kenny, lute


Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Sonata no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, transcribed by Elizabeth Kenny

Silvius Leopold Weiss - Suite in G major

Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Sonata no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, transcribed by Elizabeth Kenny


Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Her playing has been described as 'incandescent' (Music and Vision), 'radical' (The Independent on Sunday) and 'indecently beautiful' (Toronto Post).  


She has an extensive discography of collaborations with chamber ensembles across Europe and the USA, and her own repertoire interests have led to critically acclaimed recordings of solo music from the ML Lute Book, and songs by Lawes, Purcell and Dowland. In 2011 she was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for best instrumentalist, and became an artistic advisor to the York Early Music Festival.  Her own ensemble Theatre of the Ayre’s most recent release (Linn), The Masque of Moments, converted surprising numbers of critics to the little-known glories of the English Masque.   She has a growing commitment to new repertoire for her instruments, and has recorded theorbo works by James MacMillan, Benjamin Oliver, and Nico Muhly on her most recent solo CD, Ars Longa (Linn), described as a “triumph” and named as the Instrumental Choice by BBC Music Magazine.


Elizabeth is Dean of Students and Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music.


'…the peerless lutenist Elizabeth Kenny'

The Guardian 



Bach at Christmas: 16th, 17th & 18th December


Our three candle-lit concerts all feature music by Bach: extracts from the Cantatas, three of his Suites and three Sonatas.  Bach at Christmas instinctively feels like a good fit. It’s easy to become swept up in the spirit of his rich musical invention and the merriment and ‘good company’ of his interlocking lines.


But this hearty, genial ‘essential Bach’ is only one side. ‘His music was a medium of truth, not beauty’ says Richard Taruskin. And the truth he explored could be bitter. Alongside the tenderness, some of the cantatas evoke pain, suffering and darker side of humanity. 


Perhaps this is why Bach at Christmas seems right; whether Christmas is a time of joy, difficulty, celebration or reflection, there is something in the ego-less, immutable music of Bach - its capacity for empathy and consolation – which is life affirming.  ‘Bach doesn’t judge, doesn’t moralise’ writes Erica Jeal, ‘he simply sits with us until we have found peace’.



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Covid-19 and concerts

In line with the most up-to-date guidance Public Health for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, we:

  • clean all surfaces that people touch regularly and keep hand sanitizer around the site
  • ensure air flow remains good around the building (we have a highly efficient air extraction system in the concert hall)  
  • advise all ticket holders to take a lateral flow test before coming to an event at the Granary and insist that staff and visitors who are unwell do not attend the venue

Face coverings are currently not compulsory, but if the guidance changes we will communicate this to ticket holders