Richard Fairman
Financial Times
June 2017

Evidently a cultivated man, Francis Drake took four viol players with him on his circumnavigation of the globe in 1577-80 to perform for the native peoples they encountered on the journey. Orlando Gough has created a 90-minute work retelling their story.

Extracts from an account written by Drake’s nephew are read by Simon Callow. Short passages of 16th-century music by composers such as Parsons and Tavener sit alongside newly composed sections by Gough that reinvent the native music of Brazil and Java for Fretwork’s expert viol players.

An imaginative musical travel.