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Beauchamp Chapel, Warwick, September 2010

Inaugural performance: Kathleen Berg (renaissance guitar, voice, recorders) Alan Morris (bass viol, voice)


Beauchamp Chapel, August 2011

Kathleen Berg (renaissance guitar, voice, recorders) Alan Morris (bass viol, voice) Clive Letchford (treble viol, recorder, voice)

A mixture of medieval and renaissance music including music by Josquin, Landini, Ockeghem, Gerard de Turnhout, Lemlin, Penalosa, Machaut, Binchois, Giamberti, Obrecht, Corteccia, Isaac, Lassus, Tallis, Henry VIII, Music from Piae Cantiones, folk music through the centuries, religious songs, drinking songs, carols, dance tunes.


Music for the Earls of Warwick May 2012, St Mary Magdalene Church, Lincoln
(Kathleen Berg and Alan Morris)

Plainsong and Gloria from the Beauchamp Chapel
This music was recently reconstructed from that found on the stained glass windows in the Beauchamp Chapel at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, which was completed in 1464.

The two most famous medieval Earls of Warwick were Richard Beauchamp and his son-in-law Richard Neville, better known as the Kingmaker. Richard Beauchamp was the wealthiest man in England, holding multiple royal appointments.
Today’s programme is drawn from performances we have presented in the Beauchamp Chapel. The music we are playing and singing ranges from the 12th to the early 16th century, and features recorder, crumhorn, renaissance guitar, bass viol, medieval side drum and voices.

Personent hodie           
Date unknown, published in Piae Cantiones 1582, telling the story of Christ’s birth.
Jesus ist der graven gan
Old German melody, 15th century
Welsh dance
Taken from a 4-part Waites tune, played here on the crumhorn.

Torre de la nina
Juan Ponce (c1480-1521) played on two viols.
From the Libre Vermell, a 14th century Spanish manuscript
Lo che mucho
From the same period as the Ponce.

Petit riense
A 15th century Italian dance for three people.
Je ne me confescery
Arcadelt (c1507 68)
Scribere proposui
This was also published in Piae Cantiones but the tune is much older. The theme is based around what will happen to you if you are not prepared for the second coming. Please join in the chorus of
Surge surge, vigila, Semper esto paratus
(Rise up, rise up, be watchful, always be prepared)

There is no rose
Written anonymously around 1420.
El grillo
A fun piece by Orlando di Lasso (c1530-94) describing crickets.
Ja nuns hons pris
Said to be the song written by Richard I (1157-99) and sung by his minstrel, Blondel, to alert his imprisoned master that his rescue was imminent.
Suite of bransle tunes
Simple pipe and drum bring to life peasant dances of the early 16th century.

Ballo di Mantua
Francesco Giamberti (late 15th century)
Converte nos
Lorenz Lemlin (1495-1549)
St Mary's tune
An old tune which became a metrical psalter standard, O Lord, turn not away thy face.


Louth Methodist Church, December 2012 Musick for the Earls of Warwick

Personent hodie
Tempus adest floridum
There is no rose
Joseph lieber
El decembre
Bring us in good ale
Edi beo thu
Bransle de l’officiel
In dulci jubilo

Quand je bois

Entertainment in aid of the Parkinson's Association, together with Linda Hepburn Booth (keyboard) and Jessica Main (soprano)

Gainsborough Old Hall, September 2013

Two informal 45m concerts, Courtly Music, given as part of Lord Burgh's Retinue Heritage Weekend.

Music included works by Isaac, Josquin, Obrecht, Lemlin, Taverner and others. 

Gainsborough Old Hall, May 2014

Informal concert with Lord Burgh's Retinue

Music: Western Winde (the song and an extract from the mass by Taverner)

Tractus - Ockeghem

Converte nos - Lemlin

Ave verum corpus - Josquin

O Venus bant - Agricola

Je fais my penitence de Tournhout


la Chasse

Enforce we us


Musick Rediscover’d at Grimsthorpe Castle June 2014

 English country dance tunes:

Portsmouth, Two Cheshire rounds, Bloomsbury Market, New Perro, Black Joke, The cackling of the hens



Come away death (Arne), Amor dormiglione (Barbara Strozzi), Wilt thou forgive that sin (Humfrey), Evening Hymn (Henry Purcell)


Trio Sonata

Sonata in G minor (Boismortier):allegro, adagio, allegro


A Favourite Sonata for the Piano Forte or Harpsichord with Accompaniments for a Violin, Violoncello

The most well-known programmatic sonata of its day, complete with short commentaries on what was happening. This piece was first published in 1788 although the Battle of Prague was in 1757.


The Battle of Prague (Kotzwara)



Who knocks at my heart (Daniel Purcell), Man is for the woman made (Henry Purcell)



From a collection called Nine Country Dances and Three Minuets for the year 1789, composed by the Right Honorable The Earl of Abingdon: Le Gage d’Amour, Lady Caroline Mackenzie’s Frolick, Nanette, or Miss Bingham’s Fantasie, Il gallo


Sonata for ‘cello, followed by English songs

Two minuets from Sonata in D minor by Willem de Fesch

Cruel Amynto (de Fesch), Where the bee sucks (Arne), The lass with the delicate air (Arne), When a tender maid (Linley), When daisies pied (Arne), The wedding day (Hook)


Scottish songs arranged by Haydn

John Anderson my jo, I love my love in secret, O had awa frae me, Donald, The gard’ner with his paidle, Love will find out the way


Scottish tunes for solo violin

Including MacPherson’s lament on being hanged in Banff in 1723



Sellinger’s round (trad)


Sonata for viola da gamba

Sonata in C major (Abel): vivace, adagio, minuetto


Three Burns songs and a Scotish piece for ‘cello

A man’s a man for a’ that, My love is like a red red rose, Scots wa hae wi’ Wallace bled, The cock laird (Oswald)


Hindustani tunes

From The Oriental Miscellany, being a collection of the most favourite airs of Hindoostan, compiled and adapted for the harpsichord by William Hamilton Bird (1789). Two different piecesboth called Rekhta.


Sonata for ‘cello

Sonata in A minor (Galliard): largo e staccato, hornpipe a l’Inglese, allegro e staccato



Corn Riggs (trad), The Quaker’s wife (trad)


Trio for harpsichord with accompaniments for the violin and violoncello

Trio in G major  (Joseph Haydn): andante, poco adagio, presto (“Gipsy rondo”)



Kathleen Berg (soprano, harpsichord, common flute)

Alan Morris (’cello, viola da gamba)

Crauford Thomson (violin)


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