17th Feb, 2020

Voice of early music Dame Emma Kirby heading to Warwick

Ian Hughes 6th Feb, 2020

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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