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Our next performance is on Friday, March 3rd, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Emmanuel College Chapel , Victoria College University


A Nocturnall on St. Lucies day
Lucy Russell, the Countess of Bedford, surrounded herself with artists working in the melancholy milieu; poets John Donne and Samuel Danyel and composer John Dowland all being recipients of her patronage. It has been suggested that Donne’s A nocturnall upon S. Lucies Day, Being the shortest day was penned while Lucy was very ill, so that he could have a carefully wrought tombeau ready if she did succumb. In a talk and performance we investigate the intersection of themes, emblems and ‘etiology’ of Donne’s poem, read in ‘original pronunciation’ by actress Ruby Joy, with songs and lute pieces from Lucy’s circle (Dowland, Samuel Danyel’s brother John and others), sung and played by The Musicians In Ordinary, Hallie Fishel and John Edwards.

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