The Elizabethan Singers of London bring to life the by-gone era of the exuberant and pleasure-loving English court of the sixteenth century, with wonderful madrigals imbued with themes of love, longing and death, sung to lute, harpsichord and organ. Interludes, consisting of readings from Shakespeare’s sonnets, embellish a repertoire of both religious and secular songs. An exquisite and extensive wardrobe of ornate and historically accurate costumes renders authenticity and atmosphere to their performances – a vivid feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
Made up of young professional musicians hailing from the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and King's College Cambridge, this is one of the oldest existing City of London chamber choirs, and stands out for both its elaborate costumes and high quality of musicianship. Today they maintain their connection with Queen Elizabeth I in more ways than one: they are appropriately based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the place of her birth, under the direction of organist and conductor Sue Heath-Downey.