Friday 8 May 2015, 7.30pm
The dramatic life of Mary Queen of Scots is illustrated in music and words demonstrating the important connection between France and Scotland in the 16th century. Exquisite gems from the Scottish Wode Part Books contrast with lively French dances by Attaignant and interspersed with the poetry and words of the ill-fated queen, her cousin Elizabeth I and other characters from 16th Century Scotland.
Recognised as one of the UK’s leading recorder ensembles, The Flautadors are known for their diverse programmes spanning over 800 years. British performances have included the York Early Music Festival, Greenwich International Early Music Festival as well as highly acclaimed performances at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall as well as many international appearances. Their concerts in the UK have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The Flautadors also featured in the English National Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Medea by Charpentier with the recorders described as “ravishing” by the Financial Times.
“A beautifully poised and deliciously played musical biography of Mary Stuart... [The Flautadors] are so fully in control of every detail that they can fascinate the ear by the range of their colours, their articulations, their delicate phrasing, their sheer musicianship.” (Gramophone)