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Surprising Contemporaries – Dowland and Monteverdi

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Date: Thursday 29 Jun 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Join acclaimed period music group ARIOSO as they perform works from the exciting period on the cusp of the Renaissance and Baroque by contemporaries John Dowland and Claudio Monteverdi

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Acclaimed group ARIOSO perform music from the exciting period on the cusp of the renaissance and baroque by those close, though rather different in style, and very famous contemporaries: John Dowland (1563 - 1626) and Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643).  

This accessible repertoire, use of appropriate voices and period instruments (lute, viola da gamba, theorbo, early guitar) and stylistic period interpretation brings freshness, vitality and feeling to these works. The performers are Marie Lemaire (soprano), Emma Edgar (alto), Martin Wallace (tenor), Roger Brock (bass), Naomi Meredith (viola da gamba), Martyn Hodgson (Director, lute and theorbo).  

The programme consists of celebrated settings of ayres by Dowland - many performed before Elizabeth I, both as solo lute songs and also in the four vocal part versions he composed for the court, and instrumental works for lyra viol and lute.

Works by the most revolutionary composer of the age, Claudio Monteverdi make up the rest of the programme. Monteverdi is now recognised as one of the greatest composers of all time and primarily responsible for developing and establishing music in the new expressive 'Baroque' style.

This event is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

To book your place, please visit our online booking system:

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 9803

Sketch Club

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Date: Friday 30 Jun 2017

Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 12:30 - 15:30

Cost: Free, no booking required

Drop in and draw with us every Friday afternoon.

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Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone and all materials will be provided.

Each week, we will have a different 'Friday Focus' so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at works you may never have noticed before.

Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere.

No need to book in advance. Just turn up and draw!