The Friends of Dorridge Village Hall in association with Dorridge U3A present:
The Lachrimae early music Consort celebrates Shakespeare's birthday with music and readings from his plays. The Bard's plays are full of music and references to instruments and singing, and clearly music was very important to him.
The six musicians of Lachrimae, all expert in playing instruments and music of Shakespeare's time, recreate the sound of Elizabethan theatre music and perform some of the beautiful songs used in the first performances over 400 years ago, including those by Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson. Previous performances by the Lachrimae Consort have been very popular successes in Dorridge. For this special event they are joined by not just one, but 2 actors to provide the words around the music. Richard Ollier is joined by John Seeley and they have chosen entertaining passages, mostly in cheerful vein.
The Elizabethan Consort of six particular instruments - treble viol, recorder, bass viol, lute, bandora and cittern - was incredibly popular in aristocratic circles - Queen Elizabeth, herself a lute player, often enjoyed their performances.
The Leicester Mercury said "The six members of the Lachrimae Consort play with impressive unanimity and produce a pleasingly mellifluous sound. This Midlands-based group invariably offers attractive, entertaining and well-researched programmes".
Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available in the interval.