Buxton International Festival


Viol Consort, 3:00pm St John's Churchbutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

H Purcell Fantazia No. 4 – No. 12
M Locke Consort of Fower Parts No. 3 in F major
W Young (published in Innsbruck 1659) Fantasy/Sonata No. 1 for three viols
M Locke Consort of Fower Parts No. 5 in G minor
W Young Pavan for two bass viols
W Young Fantasy/Sonata No. 2

’Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet’ Stephen Pettitt, The London Evening Standard.

Fretwork is considered the world’s leading consort of viols, and last year celebrated it’s 35-year anniversary.  Currently consisting of five musicians they showcase the sublime music of this rare instrument.

Fretwork presents a programme of music by 17th Century English composers. 2022 is the 400th anniversary of the birth of Matthew Locke, who wrote some of the finest works for viols. Upon his death in 1677, his pupil, Henry Purcell succeeded him as Composer for the Violins at the court of King Charles. Purcell’s dazzling Fantazias were written in the summer of 1680 when the composer was not yet 21 years old and represent the culmination of the viol tradition in England.

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  • Duration: 2hr (includes interval)
  • Price: £30