Voice of early music Dame Emma Kirby heading to Warwick - The Leamington Observer

Voice of early music Dame Emma Kirby heading to Warwick

Leamington Editorial 6th Feb, 2020   0

DAME Emma Kirby, known as the voice of early music, can be seen and heard at St Mary’s Church in Warwick on February 18.

Dame Emma will perform with a group of four young singers calling themselves Dowland Works as part of Leamington Music’s season of early music concerts.

The programme Dowland among Friends has music by John Dowland, a contemporary of Shakespeare and famous throughout Europe, plus other English composers of that time – John Danyel, Thomas Campion, William Lawes and Simon Ives.

Dame Emma first sang in Warwick in 1988 accompanied by the lutenist Anthony Rooley and in a festival in Warwick Arts Society times.

She has appeared several times for Leamington Music, with London Baroque, the London Handel Players and Musica Petropolitana from St Petersburg.

She was appointed a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 and awarded in 2011 the Queen’s Medal for Music, given to an individual who has had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. She is known throughout the world for having the voice of early music.

Further awards have been made for a lifetime achievement and for what she has done for young singers.

Visit www.leamingtonmusic.org for further details.

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