St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Rie Kosaka - voice, James Bramley - lute, Leo Tolkin - viol

Friday, 28 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Rie Kosaka - voice, James Bramley - lute, Leo Tolkin - viol

Ayres and Airs

English and French songs with lute and viol


Francis Cutting - Galliard
What if I never Speed


What then is love but mourning    


I care not for these ladies    


Flow my tears    


Cessés mortels de soupirer    


Enfin la beauté que j'adore    


Mignonne, allons voir si la rose    

Rie Kosaka is studying for her Masters under Dr. Andrew Lawrence-King (early harps) and Mhairi Lawson (singing) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is supported by the Guildhall Trust and the Nomura Foundation. She studied historical performance and singing at Trinity College of Music, where she won the Ella Kidney Prize for Early Music and received LTCL Diploma with distinction. Rie performs as a member of Ensemble Tramontana and leads Lucente vocal ensemble.

James Bramley performs throughout the UK and abroad as a soloist and accompanist, in ensembles and as a continuo player. He began studying lute with Manuel Minguillón in London and Madrid, and has also taken lessons and masterclasses with Paul O'Dette, Nigel North, Elizabeth Kenny, Jacob Heringman, Evangelina Mascardi. He is currently continuing his studies with William Carter and David Miller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upcoming performances the first modern-day production of Daniel Purcell's The Judgement of Paris at St John's Smith Square.

Leo Tolkin hails from southern California where people must build viols and harpsichords out of driftwood and palm fronds. Needless to say, he is overjoyed to be studying here in London, where Early Music is thriving.