Fri 15 Dec 2023

English Wind Consort - In Dulci Jubilo

Music + External Venue
English Wind Consort - In Dulci Jubilo




Music for the season of Advent and Christmas

The English Wind Consort present a Christmas themed programme of music for the season of Advent and Christmas.

With music by well known and the more obscure composers of the 16th and 17th Century, this Candlelit concert will transport you back to continental Europe some 400 years ago. You may even find the opportunity for some audience participation!

Concert to include music by Praetorius, Schutz, Gabrieli, Palestrina and many more.

The English Wind Consort (EWC) was established in 2022 after its founders met on the Historical Music course at Dartington Summer School. United by their love of early music and consort playing, they formed EWC with the goal of exploring and enlarging the consort repertoire.

​The core of the ensemble comprises a group of Renaissance wind players, most of whom are early reed specialists. All are multi-instrumentalists and often play two, three or more different instruments per performance: this flexibility allows for great timbral variety. The overall compass of the constituent instruments of the ensemble is large, and more than meets the demands of sixteenth-century repertoire: in the parlance of the time, the entire gamut is covered. This is by instruments such as the quint-bass dulcian, which plays a whole octave below the bass stave, to the higher recorders, which play a whole octave or more above the treble.

​The ensemble is underpinned by organ, played by our continuo player Lewis Jones. Lewis is a specialist in Italian and Spanish sacred music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and has in the course of his doctoral research transcribed hundreds of obscure pieces of repertoire. EWC has been able to explore this 'new' repertoire by giving modern premieres of pieces that have often not been performed for several centuries.