Alexander Chance, Counter Tenor and Toby Carr, Lute


Adult tickets £20 – under 18s £5.00

“Drop Not, Mine Eyes”

Friday 5 May 2023 at 7.30pm

St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge SO20 6EU

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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.

“Alexander Chance, making his stage debut as Oberon, is also in lustrous voice, and sounding on his enchanting first appearance like a young James Bowman. Vocally superb, Chance sings with wonderfully clean projection, clear-as-a-bell diction and faultless intonation…”
David Truslove, Opera Today, 4th July 2021

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.

John Dowland
Flow my tears
Can she excuse my wrongs?
I saw my lady weep

Captain Digory Piper his Galliard (Lute Solo)

John Danyel
Grief, Keep Within
Drop not, Mine Eyes
Have all our Passions

Thomas Ford
What then is Love sings Coridon
Fair, Sweet, Cruel

John Danyel
He whose Desires are still Abroad
Pavan (Lute Solo)

John Blow
Lovely Selina


Thomas Campion
The Cypress-Curtain of the Night
Never Weather-Beaten Sail I
Care not for these Ladies

Lute Solo

Henry Purcell
O Solitude
Evening Hymn

If Music be the Food of Love

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