Live Music: Anne of Denmark, the Dancing Queen

1 March 2019, 19:00-20:00

Main Hall

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Anne of Denmark
by Isaac Oliver
circa 1612
NPG 4010

Anne of Denmark, Queen consort of James I of England, is relatively unknown today, even though all English monarchs after James are her direct descendants. She was a keen patron of music and the arts in general; and her support for and participation in the elaborate masques popular in the Jacobean court contributed towards the emancipation of women in performance.

We mark the 400th anniversary of her death (which was on 2nd March 1619) with a programme of lute songs and solos by composers employed or patronized by her, her courtiers and other members of her family: James himself, the tragic Prince Henry, and his siblings Elizabeth and Charles. A number of the songs have texts by people whose portraits are also in the gallery, such as Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, and Raleigh.

The hour-long programme includes spoken introductions setting out the contexts for the songs, performed by mezzo Sophia Brumfitt and lutenist Din Ghani of Musicke in the Ayre, who perform concerts of C16/17 vocal music accompanied by lute and related instruments such as archlute, baroque guitar, vihuela, viola da gamba.

Part of the programme of events complementing Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

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