Carmel Edwards – soprano
Din Ghani – vihuela/baroque guitar
Claros e frescos rios
Triste estava el Rey David
Con qué la lavaréAnon
from the Cancionero del Palacio
Al alva venid
Si la noche hace escura
Si los delfines
El baxel está en la playa
arranged G Bataille
arranged G Stefani
Un sarao de la chaconaJ Hidalgo
Esperar, sentir, morir, adorarJ Marín
Ojos pues me desdeñáis
Si quieres dar Marica
Musicke in the Ayre was formed by Din Ghani in 2011 as a vehicle for exploring and performing the vast repertoire of C16/17 works for solo voice(s) accompanied by lute or similar, with a growing band of singers and other instrumentalists who share his passion for lute song. Now established as leading performers of this repertoire, they (with contributions from over 20 singers both amateur and professional) have given over 135 recitals across the country and abroad, including seven at the National Portrait Gallery, seven at the Foundling Museum and eight at the Holburne Museum in Bath.
Carmel Edwards has been singing since the age of 5 and sings as a soloist or with choral groups in and around the East Midlands. She studied with Nick Clapton in Oxford and has taken part in masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb. She enjoys singing a range of music, but particularly loves early music. As well as being now on her 10th outing as part of Musicke in the Ayre, Carmel collaborates with lutenist Nick Gravestock to present concerts in Tudor houses in period costume, as Ayres and Graces. She has written and performed in her own show: ‘Cissie’s Songbook’, based on the music of Ivor Novello.
Din Ghani began playing the lute in 1975, and in the last two decades took up luthery; he has made a number of lutes and other early plucked string instruments, mostly for his own use, including the vihuela and baroque guitar used in this recital. Since 2007 he has participated regularly as an accompanist in lutesong masterclasses given by Dame Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb. The coaching received from David Miller and Michael Fields at these events helped hone his accompaniment skills, together with occasional lessons from other top lutenists – Liz Kenny in particular.
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