Amarylli came together through a passion for the music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The repertoire of this period is rich and varied and very expressive, and lends itself to the crafting of each song into a unique shape that goes beyond the material on the printed page. Inspired by this, we have developed our own unique style, weaving together songs, poetry and readings to express emotion or tell stories.
Our programmes include a homage to John Dowland and a comical concert telling stories of Cupid. We explore and compare the virtues of poetry and song in If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree, and celebrate the many sides of love in Love's Sweet Passion.
Each concert is different, each one equally absorbing.
If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree
The union between poetry and song existed seamlessly in the 1600s resulting in the two art forms eliding to express intellectual thought. This programme explores the relationship between the poem and the song accompanied by the lute “whose heavenly touch doth ravish human sense.”
Jo Dowland: His Solace
The Lachrimae and In darkness let me dwell are among the most profound works of John Dowland. This programme pays homage to this great composer of the high renaissance, weaving together songs, solos and poetry of his most famous compositions.
Cupid, the god of love, famous for his golden arrows and winged form, has the power to impose love, quench desire and inspire aversion. Amarylli performs songs and poetry from the 17th century that tell the story of this comic fellow and his antics, often more troublesome than desired!
Love’s Sweet Passion
What is love? This programme is a celebration of love in all its forms. Where poetry and song gently mingle together to explore the complexity of this affection. From John Dowland to William Shakespeare, the music conveys a message that is relevant today as it was 400 years ago.