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Two Faces of Fotheringhay
English music in the 1480s and 1580s
Saturday, 5th October 2019
7pm - 9:30pm
St Mary's and All Saints Church, Fotheringhay
Main Street, PE8 5HZ
Tickets: £10 general
£12.50 on the door
Almost exactly a century separates the violent deaths of Richard III – England’s most controversial king, slain in battle in 1485 – and Mary Queen of Scots, who was executed in 1587. There is a strange symmetry between the fates of Richard and Mary. He was born in Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. She was beheaded there.
Between the lives and the deaths of the two doomed monarchs there were enormous changes in politics, culture, society and religion. Music too.
In separate projects and recordings, The York Waits – who play the wind and stringed instruments of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance – have explored the music of both the later 15th and 16th centuries. Now they bring the strands together and present a programme that highlights the contrasts – and some continuities – between the musical soundscapes of Plantagenet and Elizabethan England, with an excursion to the Scotland of the Stuarts.
In both periods, there were important influences and importations from the Continent, although the 15th century was a period when English composers also made a great impact throughout Europe.
Songs of 15th and 16th century England and Europe are sung by Deborah Catterall, and the Waits play instruments that include shawms and sackbuts, recorders, harp, organ, rebec, fiddle, flute, bagpipes, curtal and hurdy gurdy.