26 March | 7:45pm | £22 / £18
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Musica Secreta directed by Laurie Stras
Yvonne Eddy, Hannah Ely, Elspeth Piggott, sopranos | Victoria Couper, Katherine Hawnt, mezzo-sopranos | Caroline Trevor, alto | Kirsty Whatley, harp | Claire Williams, organ | Alison Kinder, bass viol
'Were Botticelli's Primavera to burst into song, she would probably sound like this'
Independent on Sunday
For over thirty years, pioneering vocal ensemble Musica Secreta has explored the music written for and by women from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, presenting programmes that mix newly-discovered masterpieces with well-loved works that fascinate and delight listeners.
Mother, Daughter, Sister
The programme brings to life stories drawn from fifteenth- and sixteenth-century sources. The voices of Renaissance women are heard clearly in the repertoire: Mary weeps for her dead son; Marguerite of Navarre tells her daughter a bedtime story; Leonora d’Este speaks from behind the convent shutters. It also includes works that are newly edited and have never been performed before in concert. The programme is rounded out with works by Dunstaple, Brumel, Maistre Jhan alongside songs by dissenting women – both humble and noble – in early sixteenth-century northern Europe.
The concert is lightly narrated by Lauris Stras, focusing on the stories of the women who composed and sang the music.
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.