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Pastime with Good Company



Pastime with Good Company

Music from the Court of Henry VIII

In the Folger Elizabethan Theater

October 1-3, 2010


The 2010/11 season begins with a program devoted to music associated primarily with the court and chapel of King Henry VIII. What is most striking about most of this music is how uniquely English it is and how different it is in many respects from continental music around 1500. Using the sort of mixed instrumental consort known to be present at Henry’s court and a small vocal ensemble like the ones he favored, Folger Consort presents secular songs, dances, and abstract instrumental music, as well as ornate and solemn chapel music.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

Robert Eisenstein - viol, violin, recorder

Christopher Kendall - lute


Guest Artists

Mary Springfels - viol

Dan Stillman - dulcian, recorder, trombone

Tom Zajac - recorder, flute, bagpipe, trombone

Lionheart - vocalists

    Lawrence Lipnick, countertenor

    John Olund, Michael Ryan-Wenger, tenors

    Jeffrey Johnson, Richard Porterfield, baritones

    Kurt-Owen Richards, bass


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