Extended readings from the Corpus Hermeticum with music by John Dowland, Anthony Holborne, Giles Farnaby and Andrew Wilson-Dickson.
FANTASY CONSORT OF VIOLS
Fiona Huggett - treble viol
Angela Voss - treble and tenor viols
Pamela Cresswell - tenor viol
Rosemary Thorndycraft - bass violImogen
Seth-Smith - bass viol
With Lynda Sayce - lute,
Andrew Wilson-Dickson - organ,
and John Line, reader.
Our programme evokes a journey of the soul, from its creation to its return to God, and Dowland reminds us that "though the title doth promise teares, unfit guests in these joyfull times, yet no doubt pleaseant are the teares which Musicke weepes, neither are teares shed alwayes in sorrowe, but sometime in joy and gladnesse." ' [Extract from the programme notes by Angela Voss].
The readings are taken from 'The Way of Hermes' by Clem Salaman, Dorine van Oyen and William D Wharton. Together music and words provide a meditative programme which instils the wisdom of one of the prime works of western philosophy.