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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Musicians In Ordinary presents Lute Recital



John Edwards, the lute master who is one-half of The Musicians In Ordinary, takes the spotlight for a solo lute concert, Saturday, February 5, 2011, 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway).

Tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. More information may be obtained from, by or by calling 416-535-9956.

In a concert titled Blame Not My Lute, Edwards plays lute solos from Elizabethan and Jacobean England. The title comes from a poem by Thomas Wyatt, who may have been the lover of Anne Boleyn.

Complementing gracious pavans and fancies (fantasies) and sprightly galliards and jigs are some doleful dumps. Dumps, he explains, are sets of variations often written in someone’s memory (like the French “tombeaux”).

The program includes works by John Dowland and Alfonso Ferrabosco, two musicians who both had sideline careers as spies. Ferrabosco – whose music looms large in the book Music and Silence, which was popular in its day – was also a murderer. There is a “Doompe” by a composer known only as “E.E.” Anthony Holborne will be represented by his pavan The Countess of Pembroke’s Paradise and his galliard, Passion. Additional pieces by other composers complete the evening.

Edwards will perform on a copy of a lute by Hans Gerle from 1586, made by Toronto craftsman Michael Schreiner (

JOHN EDWARDS specializes in playing numerous historical plucked string instruments, from the medieval lute to the theorbo to the nineteenth century guitar. Though he plays continuo lutes with orchestras, Mr. Edwards has always had a love of song and is in high demand as an accompanist and coach. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto and has given lectures and demonstrations throughout North America.

Down in the dumps with February blahs? Lighten up with lovely and lively lute music that should suit your fancy, played by John Edwards, February 5 at the Heliconian Hall!

The Musicians In Ordinary’s season is supported by The Anglican Foundation, the Spem in Alium Fund in the Toronto Community Foundation, and individual donations.



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