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Music, Wed 23 Nov 2016, £8-£15




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01782 734340


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Wed 2 Nov Craig Ogden
Wed 9 Nov Trio Isimsiz
Wed 16 Nov Kosmos
Wed 23 Nov Fretwork
Wed 30 Nov Alexander Ullman
Wed 14 Dec Alan Barnes Octet - A Christmas Carol


Sir Francis Drake’s Journey: The World Encompassed

When Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth on 15th November 1577, he took with him four viol players. They played to accompany Drake’s private worship; they entertained him while he ate, and he used them to impress the natives.

Fretwork commissioned Orlando Gough to use these scant facts to create a journey in sound and words that charts Drake’s remarkable feat. Gough’s music and 16th century music is woven seamlessly together with a narrative drawn from contemporary accounts into a through-composed piece lasting 90 minutes. The result is a musical and literary narrative of one of the most significant achievements of the English golden age and an evocation of the earliest musical encounters between east and west.

***With narration by Simon Callow subject to availability***

Event details

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Wed 23 Nov 2016 19:30



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