Devotion, Delight and Deception in the Golden Age

Saturday 22 November 2014
19:30 to 21:30

Elizabethan and Jacobean England clashed frequently with its rival Spain in search not only for riches in the New World but also for ideological influence: England increasingly defined itself as Protestant and faced plots - real or imagined - devised by its remaining Roman Catholics. These tensions and loyalties were expressed not only in public events such as the Gunpowder Plot but also in private sacred and domestic music, with high profile musicians including William Byrd and John Dowland composing for both sides. Musicians also crossed boundaries between the devotional and the highly profane, and this programme includes songs of love, loss, loyalty, devotion and lust from England and Spain, along with instrumental fantasias.

Patricia Hammond - Alto

William Summers - Recorder, Flute

Jamie Akers - Vihuela, Lute


This will be in the imposing 17th.-century manor house Forty Hall, north of Enfield:


Forty Hall's Autumn schedule can be seen by visiting


The concert will run in tandem with an exhibition about the Gunpowder Plot.


Contact William Summers
07949 652 315
Forty Hall, Forty Hill
(view map)
Cost £10; £5 students and unemployed; free for under-16s