17 Michael Butten

, Start Time: 15:30, End Time: 16:40 St Magnus Church Birsay, Birsay KW17 2LX

Taking Dowland as his starting point. Michael Butten surveys music from the UK which straddles the centuries. A master of the lute, Dowland has inspired many later composers and the Nocturnal by Britten is one of the most eloquent homages. John McLeod, the Scottish composer, brings together both Dowland, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and Britten whose opera about the queen provides musical material for this Fantasy. Music by Dowland himself gives context to these contemporary works.

There has been a burgeoning of young British guitarists and Michael Butten is a young artist whose playing has won much acclaim.

Michael Butten Guitar
Arnold Fantasy, Op. 107
Purcell Suite for Harpsichord No. 8 in F
McLeod Fantasy on Themes from Britten’s ‘Gloriana’
Dowland Praeludium, Fantasia, Frog Galliard, Lord Strang’s March, Lachrimae Pavan
Bowers Elegy: Homage to Dowland
Britten Nocturnal after John Dowland

Tickets £30 / Concessions £24
Duration 1 hour 10 minutes

Ticket includes delicious refreshments supplied by The Birsay Bay Tearoom

This was playing of exceptional accomplishment, distinguished by a natural warmth of tone and finely judged nuance of expression.

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Birsay KW17 2LX

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