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Songs from Turbulent Times

18 November 2022


Free to attend

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This programme of songs for lute, vihuela and baroque guitar that form a backdrop to the tumultuous Anglo-Spanish relationship during the 16th and 17th centuries.


Pastime with good company                                        Henry VIII

Con amores, mi madre                                               Juan de Anchieta

Blame not my lute                                                     Anon / Thomas Wyatt

Paseavase el Rey moro                                               Luiz de Narvaez

Con que la lavare                                                       Miguel de Fuenllana

Now o now I needs must part                                      John Dowland

Can she excuse my wrongs                                         John Dowland

Come live with me & the Nymph’s reply                       William Corkine / C Marlowe & W Raleigh

Yo soy la locura                                                          Henri du Bailly

El baxel esta en la playa                                             Gabriel Bataille

Esperar, sentir, morir                                                  Juan de Hidalgo

Ojo pues me desdeñáis                                               José Marín

Abril floreciente                                                          Sebastián Durón

Fairest Isle                                                                 Henry Purcell

Musicke in the Ayre was formed by Din as a vehicle for exploring and performing the vast repertoire of 16/17th-century works for solo voice(s) accompanied by lute or related instruments, working with singers and other instrumentalists from an every-growing team spread around the country and abroad. Since 2011 they have given over 145 recitals in the UK and in Belgium, France and Spain; they have become known for designing and delivering engaging programmes tailored to specific circumstances. Din and Olalla first performed together in November 2019, with performances for the Lute Society and at the Charterhouse in London, of a programme marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Spanish baroque guitarist/composer Jose Marin; the present programme was conceived in response to an unexpected opportunity to perform together again.


Please note there are no public toilets on site, the closet are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.


Din Ghani


Din Ghani began playing the lute in 1975, and in the last decade took up lute-making; he has made a variety of early plucked string instruments, mostly for his own use (including the guitar and vihuela used in this recital).  Since 2007 he has participated regularly as an accompanist in lute song masterclasses given by Dame Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb. The coaching received from David Miller and Michael Fields at these events helped hone his accompaniment skills.

Olalla Vargas


Soprano Olalla Vargas is a specialist in early music, based in Madrid. After completing her advanced studies in voice performance and singing at the University of Costa Rica during 2010-2015, she moved to her native country, Spain, to continue her musical training under the tutelage of Patricia Caicedo. In 2018 she completed her Master's Degree in Musicology, Musical Education, and Interpretation of Early Music at the Escola Superior de Music de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, specializing in early music vocal performance. In 2020 Vargas moved to Madrid, where she obtained her Master's Degree in Interpretation and Performative Research of Spanish Music at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid.

Songs from Turbulent Times

18 November 2022


Free to attend

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