Alexander Chance was a Choral Scholar and read Classics at New College, Oxford. Recent appearances include a European tour of Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with Vox Luminis, lute songs performed around Europe, including at Musikfest Bremen, with Toby Carr, and his stage debut as Oberon in The Grange Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2022, he became the first countertenor to win the International Handel Singing Competition, also winning the Audience Prize.
A lutenist and guitarist from London, Toby Carr is known as an engaging and responsive artist, performing with some of the finest musicians in the business, including Dame Emma Kirby, Dunedin Consort, Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert, La Nuova Musica, and Irish Baroque Orchestra. Having studied at Trinity Laban and the Guildhall School he is now active as a soloist, continuo player and chamber musician working in the field of historically informed performance, bringing old music to new audiences in exciting and innovative ways.
PROGRAMME (to be finalised)
Based around a triptych of songs written by John Danyel in honour of a mourning widow, Alex and Toby’s programme Drop not mine eyes charts the emotional range of the Elizabethan lute song, or Aire, as composed by English lutenists such as John Dowland, Thomas Campion and Thomas Ford. It ends with an exploration of how the lute could be used in later works during the Stuart period, chiefly by Henry Purcell.
Flow my tears
Can she excuse my wrongs?
I saw my lady weep
Captain Digory Piper his Galliard (Lute Solo)
Grief, Keep Within
Drop not, Mine Eyes
Have all our Passions
What then is Love sings Coridon
Fair, Sweet, Cruel
He whose Desires are still Abroad
Pavan (Lute Solo)
The Cypress-Curtain of the Night
Never Weather-Beaten Sail I
Care not for these Ladies
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