St Bride's: Music - Emily Owen - soprano, James Bramley - lute and theorbo

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Emily Owen - soprano, James Bramley - lute and theorbo

Friday, 23 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Emily Owen - soprano, James Bramley - lute and theorbo

Henry Purcell

Bess of Bedlam - 'From silent shades'

Musick for a while

Thomas Campion

It fell on a summer's day

Never weather-beaten sail

If thou long'st so much to learn

Hieronymus Kapsperger

Music for Theorbo

Girolamo Frescobaldi

Se l'aura spira tutta vezzosa

Così mi disprezzate?

Barbara Strozzi

L'Amante Segreto - 'Voglio morire'

From the Turpyn Lute Book (c.1610)

Sweet youth go bruise thy pillow

John Bennett

Venus birds

Henry Purcell

An evening hymn - 'Now that the sun hath veil'd his light'

Soprano Emily Owen and lutenist James Bramley formed the duo Melismata to share their passion for the extraordinary seventeenth-century repertoire for voice and lute. With music ranging from intimate settings of reflective poetry to extravagant fantastical stories and raucous dances, they bring to life the unique works of composers and poets from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, through to the Restoration and beyond, as well as music from the rest of baroque Europe. The pair met as postgraduate students at the Guildhall School in London, and also performs regularly with Dame Emma Kirkby's Dowland Works ensemble. They were featured as young artists with Brighton Early Music Festival, and also work with wider audiences through Live Music Now's participatory performances, workshops and residencies at care homes and special schools.

Having graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours degree in Music, Emily Owen went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, completing an Extended Artist Master's with Distinction in 2016 and becoming a GSMD Ensemble Artist Fellow with early music ensemble Ceruleo in 2017/18. She currently studies with Tim Evans-Jones. Emily leads a varied freelance career as a consort singer and soloist, performing regularly with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dame Emma Kirkby's Dowland Works, The King's Consort, Apollo5 a cappella group and Britten Sinfonia Voices, and is a regular soprano at St Bride's Church Fleet Street and the West London Synagogue.

James Bramley performs throughout the UK and abroad as a soloist, accompanist, in ensembles and as a continuo player on the lute and theorbo. He has worked with artists and ensembles including Dame Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Rachel Podger, Netherlands Bach Society and Dowland Works, performing at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, and St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Barbican. He has also given concerts and recitals for The Lute Society, the London Handel Festival, Brecon Baroque Festival, and Dartington International Festival, as well as appearing on BBC radio and television. A music scholar at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, James later began his lute studies with Manuel Minguillón and Paul O'Dette before completing his postgraduate studies with William Carter and David Miller as a scholar at the Guildhall School.

Soprano Emily Owen and lutenist James Bramley formed the duo Melismata to share their passion for the extraordinary seventeenth-century repertoire for voice and lute. With music ranging from intimate settings of reflective poetry to extravagant fantastical stories and raucous dances, they bring to life the unique works of composers and poets from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, through to the Restoration and beyond, as well as music from the rest of baroque Europe. The pair met as postgraduate students at the Guildhall School in London, and also performs regularly with Dame Emma Kirkby's Dowland Works ensemble. They were featured as young artists with Brighton Early Music Festival, and also work with wider audiences through Live Music Now.