“Sorrow was there made fair / And passion wise, tears a delightful thing”. The Elizabethan lutenist John Dowland knew that in love, the only thing sweeter than happiness was sorrow. Few living interpreters understand his music more profoundly than Iestyn Davies and he’s devised an evening of poetry, music and drama for voice and lute to explore a composer for whom a single teardrop can hold a universe of emotion.
Alex Jennings is a three-time Olivier award-winning actor, who has regularly played principal roles for many of the country’s leading theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. You may also recognise him from his film and television roles as Prince Charles (opposite Helen Mirren) in The Queen, and the Duke of Windsor in the Netflix smash hit The Crown.
Thomas Dunford has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Washington Kennedy Center and has collaborated in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists including Nicola Benedetti, William Christie, Bobby McFerrin and Anne Sofie von Otter.
Dowland All ye, whom Love or Fortune
Dowland Mrs Winter's Jump
Dowland Behold, A Wonder Here
Dowland Come Away, Come Sweet Love
Dowland A Fancy
Dowland Time Stands Still
Dowland My thoughts are wing’d with hopes
Dowland Say Love if Ever thou didst find
Dowland I saw my Lady weep
Dowland Flow My Tears
Dowland Sorrow Stay
Dowland Shall I Strive
Dowland King of Denmark’s Galliard
Dowland Can She Excuse My Wrongs
Dowland In Darkness Let Me Dwell
Dowland Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
Dowland Go Crystal Tears
Dowland Come Again
Dowland Now, O now my needs must part
Alongside readings and poetry by Robert Burton, Michael Drayton, Rose Tremain, Leo Tolstoy and John Dowland