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Kenny, Elizabeth (theorbo)
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Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo)

Elizabeth Kenny studied guitar with Michael Lewin and lute with Nigel North. Robert Spencer and Pat O’Brien gave her advice and inspiration. She has a solo repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. She is a principal player in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and regularly appears with other leading period instrument groups. She has been a regular part of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants since 1993, and plays Renaissance music with the viol consorts Concordia (UK) and L’Ensemble Orlando Gibbons (France). She has made dozens of recordings for CD, radio and television as well as touring throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. Elizabeth Kenny’s special interest in the literature of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries has led her to create themed programmes with recital partners including Robin Blaze, Mark Padmore and James Gilchrist. She spent two years teaching at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, and is now professor of lute at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2003 she introduced the Spencer collection of music, books and instruments to the public by devising a series of lectures and concerts culminating in a fully staged Elizabethan entertainment, which she directed for the City of London Festival. In 2004–5 she produced a tour of newly edited works by Charpentier which were written for the Grand Dauphin, heir to Louis XIV, for an unusual ensemble of voices, recorders and continuo. Most recently Elizabeth Kenny has been awarded one of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Fellowships in the creative and performing arts. The fellowship at Southampton University will enable her to pursue a three-year project reassessing the history of seventeenthcentury English song through performances and published papers.

Albums

Lawes & Lawes: Songs
CDA67589
The Noble Bass Viol
CDA67088Archive Service

Complete works available for download

GIOVANNI BATTISTA DRAGHI (c1640-1708)
The Italian Groundwith Mark Caudle (viol)
GOTTFRIED FINGER (c1660-1730)
Pastorale in A majorwith Mark Caudle (viol), Susanna Pell (viol), Susanne Heinrich (viol), Peter Holman (chamber organ)
Sonata No 2 in D majorwith Mark Caudle (viol), Peter Holman (chamber organ)
Suite in D majorwith Mark Caudle (viol), Susanna Pell (viol), Peter Holman (chamber organ)
BENJAMIN HELY (dbefore 1699)
Sonata No 1 in G minorwith Mark Caudle (viol), Susanna Pell (viol), Susanne Heinrich (viol), Peter Holman (chamber organ)
HENRY LAWES (1596-1662)
A Pastoral Elegie to the memory of deare Brother, William Laweswith Rebecca Outram (soprano), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Robert Macdonald (bass), William Carter (lute), Frances Kelly (harp)
A Tale out of Anacreonwith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Amarillis, by a springwith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
From the heav'ns now I flywith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Loves Sweet Reposewith Robin Blaze (countertenor), William Carter (lute), Frances Kelly (harp)
No Reprievewith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Oh sweet woods, the delight of solitarinesswith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Slide soft, you silver floodswith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseenwith Rebecca Outram (soprano)
Tavolawith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
The Angler's Songwith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
WILLIAM LAWES (1602-1645)
A Dreamewith Robert Macdonald (bass)
Oh, let me still and silent liewith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Oh, my Clarissa, thou cruel fairwith Robin Blaze (countertenor), William Carter (guitar), Frances Kelly (harp)
When man for sin thy judgment feelswith Robin Blaze (countertenor)
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Chaconne 'two in one upon a ground' from Dioclesianwith Mark Caudle (viol), Susanna Pell (viol), Susanne Heinrich (viol), Peter Holman (chamber organ)