4 February | 7:45pm | £22 / £18
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Emilia Benjamin, Emily Ashton, Joanna Levine, Sam Stadlen & Richard Boothby - viols
Matthew Locke - Consort of Fower parts no 5 in G minor
Henry Purcell - Two Fantazies in four parts
John Jenkins - Two Fantazies in four parts
Locke - The Flat Consort for my Cousin Kemble no 3 in D minor
Purcell - Two Fantazies in four parts
Jenkins - Fantazy in four parts, Pavan in four parts
Locke - Consort of Fower parts no 3 in F major
Purcell - Fantazia upon one note
'Album after album from viol consort Fretwork affirms their status as an ensemble of supreme musicianship'
'Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet'
Stephen Pettitt, The London Evening Standard
Pioneering viol consort, Fretwork, mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the great baroque composer Matthew Locke. Locke was composer to the King’s Twenty Four Violins at the age of just seventeen, succeeded on his death by his friend and pupil, Henry Purcell in 1677. Alongside Locke and Purcell, their programme includes the richly melodic music of John Jenkins, another popular English composer of the great golden era of music for multiple viols.
In 2021, Fretwork celebrated their 35th anniversary. In these last three and a half decades they have performed the core repertory of great English consort music and have recorded over 70 albums. Explorers of new music, Fretwork have commissioned nearly 50 new works by composers including George Benjamin, Michael Nyman, Sir John Tavener, Gavin Bryars and Thea Musgrave. ‘Slow: an In Nomine” by Nico Muhly was premiered in 2015 at Kings Place, and they collaborated with celebrated actor Simon Callow in a recording of The World Encompassed by Orlando Gough for Signum Classics. Countless innovative projects include a John Dowland tour in 2014 with tenor Ian Bostridge, a major USA tour in 2016, and a series of Wigmore Hall concerts in 2019 called ‘Musick’s Monument’, presenting the greatest English consort music from the Golden Age from Taverner to Purcell.
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.