About Mark Padmore & Elizabeth Kenny: Sonnets in Song

British tenor, Mark Padmore CBE, is joined by world-renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, and together they explore lute-songs as a vital part of the history of song.

Elizabethan songwriters were attracted to the expressive possibilities of the sonnet form, and this recital features sonnets by Samuel Danyel and Sir Phillip Sidney. Until now, there has been a musical void where Shakespeare's sonnets might live. Ross Duffin, scholar and author of Shakespeare's Songbook, has recently completed a project matching some of the best-loved sonnets to pre-existing tunes from the lute-song repertory. Mark and Liz will perform some of these for the very first time, alongside songs by John Danyel, Thomas Morley and John Dowland.

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