Sunday Brunch Recital - A Spanish Sojourn: Music of the Golden Age

24 July 2016
  • 11:00
  • Tickets £12 (£10 FoBH or under-26s) Includes complimentary coffee and croissants.

    Concert starts 11am, doors open 10:30am.

Sunday Brunch Recital - A Spanish Sojourn: Music of the Golden Age

Sunday 24th July, 11am

Musicke in the Ayre:

Marie Lemaire, soprano
Din Ghani, vihuela/lute/baroque guitar


Marie and Din will take us on a musical tour of the Spanish Siglo d'Oro, starting from the Renaissance period of Reconquest and the discovery and exploitation of the New World, through to the decline of the empire in the early Baroque.

The earlier period was marked by the popularity of the vihuela, as evidenced by a burst of books published for this very Spanish of instruments. The programme includes songs and solos from some of these books, by composers such as Milan, Mudarra, Narvaez and Fuenllana. The later songs by Hidalgo, Marin and others used lute or guitar as continuo accompaniment. Although this later style was influenced by the early Italian Baroque, it nevertheless retained an unmistakeable Spanish character. The baroque guitar, known even then as the Spanish guitar, became quite a popular instrument, the direct ancestor of the modern classical guitar; Din will also play some solo pieces by Sanz, one of the virtuosos of that instrument.


Marie Lemaire studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Liege (Belgium) with Greta de Reyghere. In 2007, she moved to the UK to further her training and participated in masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, Maria Christina Kiehr and Noelle Barker. Between 2009 and 2015, Marie was based in Cambridge and sang with the choir of Christ’s College as well as the University of Cambridge Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble. In September 2015, Marie joined the Education Department at Opera North in Leeds. She is now a member of the Leeds Baroque Choir and the Delphian Singers. As soloist, Marie regularly performs in England and Belgium. Her repertoire focuses mainly on chamber and early music. (

Din Ghani took up the lute in 1975 in Newcastle and was active in the early music scene on Tyneside through the 80s. Since moving to Wiltshire in 2001 he began making his own instruments, and started to perform again, focussing on lute songs through Musicke in the Ayre. As well as learning from many of the country’s leading lutenists, he has regularly accompanied singers in masterclasses given by Dame Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb. He has given over 50 performances with Musicke in the Ayre, but has also given occasional solo and duet recitals, and has provided live period music during Living History weekends at Bradgate House.

Musicke in the Ayre is an evolving circle of singers and instrumentalists, gathered together by Din, who share a love of the lute ayre and its variants from across Europe. The main objective of the group, apart from the sheer pleasure of performing this music, is to raise awareness of this delicious repertoire among both singers and audiences. They have given many concerts across the UK, as well as in France and Spain. To find out more, email or visit