Whilst this programme’s repertoire centres on one specific period, Early Tudor England, recorder ensemble Palisander’s signature blend of movement, spoken word, additional percussion and singing combine to create a unique historical concert experience.
‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died’ follows the unfortunate stories of the women behind the rhyme: Henry VIII’s six wives. It includes music written for, inspired by and curated by these Queens, alongside historical accounts of the role music played in their lives.
The repertoire includes historically informed performance practice from the golden age of consort writing, alongside sensitive bespoke arrangements for recorders, bringing Tudor England to life.
The composers represented include Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521), John Taverner (c.1490-1545), Thomas Tallis (.1505-1585), Henry VIII (1491-1547), alongside Traditional English Songs.
Concert duration: 60 minutes without interval
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