Epitaph for a Green Lover: music from the song books of Marguerite of Austria.
Performance by The Linarol Consort of Viols (Alison Kinder, Claire Horacek, Timothy Lin and David Hatcher), with Heloise Bernard, soprano.
Tickets (£12, students £6) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/linarolconsort or on the door.
Soprano Héloïse Bernard joins the Linarol Consort of Viols in a programme of sublime music from the manuscripts of one of the greatest female patrons of the arts: Marguerite of Austria (1480-1530).
The title comes from the remarkable chanson Soubz ce tumbel, with its tragic text by Marguerite’s court poet, Jean Lemaire, taken from his Epitaphe de l’Amant Vert, in which the Green Lover refers to Marguerite’s beloved green parrot.
The programme comprises songs and instrumental music, played on copies of viols of the time, from Marguerite’s own collection, which included three books of chansons and an exquisitely decorated book of basse dances.