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Just back from several months in Rome to improve her bel canto and spoken Italian Hannah Medlam will be joined by theorbist William Carter and bass violist Charles Medlam (relation) for a concert in Hungerford on February 4th. They will be presenting a programme of lute songs by Purcell, Weldon, Handel, Lambert and Monteverdi, interspersed with bass viol solos by Marin Marais and theorbo music by Kapsberger. The bass viol group will go from the sublime (Marais’ lament for his teacher St. Colombe) to the ridiculous (a description of a bladder stone operation!). The theorbo is the largest of the lute family instruments. William Carter will be playing virtuoso music by Johannes Kapsberger, who in spite of his name was actually Roman and largely responsible for putting the instrument on the map.

The Programme

Henry Purcell If music be the food of love – Music for a while


John Weldon Take, O take those lips away


Marin Marais Tombeau pour Mr de Ste. Colombe – La Guitare

1656-1728 Tableau de l’Operation de la Taille

Michel Lambert Rochers,vous êtes sourds – Goutons le doux repos – 1610-1696 – Ombre de mon amant – Celle qui fait mon tourment


Claudio Monteverdi O Quam tu pulchra es – Laudate Dominum –

1567-1643 Si dolce e’l tormento – Quel Sguardo

Johannes Kapsberger Toccata, Gagliarda and Corrente


G.F. Handel La Cantate Française

1685-1759 Sans y penser, à Tirsis j’ay suplaire

Charles Medlam Bass viol, Barack Norman, London 1689
William Carter Theorbo