Game of Queens

Early Music by Candlelight Summer Festival 2019

To mark the 500th anniversary of the ‘Black Queen’ Catherine de Medici’s birth we portray the survival strategies employed by the rival queens of C16th Europe.  This enthralling play of matriarchs includes assassination, duplicity, religious warfare, and (in Catherine’s own words) ‘passion, hatred, and vengeance’, illustrated with music (by Attaignant, Arbeau, Bataille, Caccini, Dowland, Guedron, Strozzi), readings from contemporary correspondence, as well as the sonnets and speeches of William Shakespeare.

Charivari Agréable:

Isobel Collyer—reader & soprano,
Layil Barr—recorders & bass viol,
Kah-Ming Ng—virginals

Duration: 1 hour 30mins with interval

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