Music from the time of Agincourt

Bovingdon, Saturday 17th Oct 2015
Much Hadam, Wednesday 21st Oct 2015
Ewelme Church, Saturday 24 October 2015

Helen Charlston (Mezzo-Soprano)
Hiroshi Amako (Tenor)
Stefan Kennedy (Tenor)
Michael Craddock (Baritone)
Terence Charlston (Organ)

Agincourt Amici Voices publicity shotTo commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, Amici Voices present a musical journey through France and England in the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Their programme includes some of the finest music heard at the French and English courts and traces the subtly changing beauty and complexity of vocal and keyboard performance in this period. By juxtaposing English, French and Flemish music, Amici Voices demonstrate the staggering wealth of musical creativity in northern Europe: the flowering of late medieval musical style and the emergence of early renaissance polyphony. The influence of England was so strong in this musical development that the theorist and composer Johannes Tinctoris in 1475 Terence Charlston BWdescribed English composers as the “fount and origin” of a new art.

For this programme, Amici Voices will be joined by Terence Charlston, an internationally recognised early keyboard player and professor of harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in London.

As part of this project, Amici Voices and Terence Charlston appeared live on Radio 3, performing music by Henry V and Dufay as well as the famous Agincourt Carol. Listen again here.

The programme will include works by:
Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300–1377)
Roy Henry (Henry V)
Leonel Power (1370/1385–1445)
Guillaume Dufay (c.1397–1474)
John Dunstable (c.1390–1453)
Antoine Busnois (c.1430–1492)
William Cornysh (1465–1523)