Angel Early Music has commissioned a series of short video or sound recordings that can be put together at home by artists locked down by the Covid-19 pandemic. They are listed below with the most recent at the top and more are on the way. To access the recordings as they are released, sign up to our mailing list or subscribe free to our YouTube channel. Our privacy notice is here.
Fieri Consort - Marenzio
Fieri Consort presents a lecture-recital exploring the life and work of 16th-Century Italian composer Luca Marenzio. Learn about Marenzio's life and work, and hear live performances of works by him and his contemporaries. Click here. Translations are here.
Halcyon Harp and Lute Duo
Aileen Henry (Baroque Harp) and Toby Carr (Theorbo) play 17th century Italian music by Castaldi, Piccinini and Mayone. Click here. The programme is here.
Part 2 of their concert is here. The programme is here.
Alison Kinder explores the travels and solo viol lyra-style music of Tobias Hume, soldier and mercenary, including discussion of his spat with John Dowland. Click here.
Lynda Sayce demonstrates the development of the lute from the oud to the earliest theorbo using her extensive collection of instruments. She includes four-part music for different sizes of lute as well as a number of solo pieces. Click here.
Handel and the Oratorio
Edmund Saddington discusses the development of the oratorio with live aria recordings as examples of Handel's output in the form. Click here.
Marian Consort - Sebastianist music in Portugal
Rory McCleery shares the background to some of the fabulous music of the Portuguese Renaissance in this podcast. To listen, click here.
Consort Music Minus One
Viol player and teacher David Hatcher's recorded tracks allow you to play consort music at home on your own. Click here for details.
Sample tracks can be accessed through David's website which is here.
O Solitude - Helen Charlston
Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston explores distance and isolation through the music of Purcell, Strozzi, Bach, Monteverdi and Handel. Click here
The programme for Helen's recital is here.
Vivaldi - Lucy Cox
Soprano Lucy Cox explains the background to Vivaldi's motet for solo soprano "Nulla in mundo pax sincera" followed by a performance she gave with Ensemble Fasarinen. Click here.