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Old Christmas Returned: Music, words and song for Christmas in 17th Century England.

This winter programme consists of ballads, lutesongs, carols, consort music, madrigals and readings, and describes how Christmas was celebrated, banned and restored during the 17th Century, following the religious calendar from Christmas Day itself to the beginning of Lent.

It includes music by Attey, Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons, Lawes, Locke, Purcell and Wilson and readings from Shakespeare, Drummond, Herrick and Taylor.

Eleanor Cramer Soprano, bass viol
Alison Kinder Viols, recorders
Robin Jeffrey Lute, guitar
Tamsin Lewis Renaissance violin, viols, alto
Michael Palmer Actor, baritone

Presented by The Georgian Concert Society