John Dowland was the outstanding lute player of the Elizabethan era, and one of the finest composers of the golden age.
His songs are amongst the greatest ever written in the English language - even pop-star Sting has recorded some.
Like his almost exact contemporary, William Shakespeare, what we know about the man is limited but fascinating.
He could not secure a permanent position at Queen Elizabeth's court because as she said "He was a man to serve any
prince in the world, but an obstinate papist"! So he travelled the other Courts of Europe to great acclaim and served
the King of Denmark for many years, before eventually serving King James I. He also got into a few scrapes along the way!
This programme celebrates the 450 years since his birth and brings to life the man and his music, using his own words
spoken by an actor, and illustrated with some of his greatest music.
The Lachrimae Trio
Mike Ashley (lute) :: Richard Ollier (reader) :: Jonathan Spencer (counter tenor)