The World Turned Upside Down:
Music of the English Civil War

7:30 p.m.
November 6th, 2017

Church of the Good Shepherd
9 Russell Ave., Watertown 

On the eve of Election Day, we revisit a time of strangely familiar political unrest–the English Civil War and Interregnum. This tumultuous era (1640-1660) produced music that resonated deeply for both commoners and nobility throughout the British Isles. The royalist Cavaliers and Cromwell’s “roundheads” both produced songs that satirized the opposition and promoted their own views or glorified martial heroes. Charles I’s court contained many notable musicians, including viol player and composer William Lawes; he gave his life for the Royalist cause, but not before composing some of the most sublime and bizarre consort music of the 17th century. This program features music by Lawes, Locke, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger, selections from The Division Violin, and our own settings of Civil War ballads. 

With Michael Barrett, tenor and recorder

$15 suggested donation; reception to follow