A celebration of early music in July

All the Kings’ Men


Chelys Consort

All the Kings’ Men

Performance Date: 15th July 2016 – 7.30pm

A wealth of music from composers of the courts of Charles I and II. Including works by Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes, Locke and Purcell.

Chelys Consort: Ibi Aziz, Jenny Bullock & Alison Kinder

Charles I was King of England from 1625 until his execution in 1649. After the Wars of The Three Kingdoms there followed an interregnum, until the period known as The Restoration, which began in 1660 when the English, Scottish and Irish monarchies were all restored under Charles II.

Orlando Gibbons served in the Chapel Royal during the reign of James I, at whose funeral in 1625 he played as organist of Westminster Abbey. He also held a position amongst the private musicians of the Price of Wales (later Charles I) but his career was cut short by his sudden death in 1625 whilst in Canterbury with the Chapel Royal. Like many of the Gibbons family, Orlando’s older brother Edward was also a composer, but few of his works survive today.

John Cooper (who later became Giovanni Coperario) was a composer, viol player and lutenist who served the Prince of Wales from 1622, and for whom he continued to work when he ascended the throne as Charles I. Coperario taught William Lawes, and presumably also knew John Jenkins, the earliest record of whom is amongst the musicians who performed the masque The Triumph of Peace at court in 1634. After the Restoration Jenkins worked as a musician to the royal court, and played the lyra viol for Charles II.

Lawes was apprenticed to John Cooper, and as a result must surely have come to the attention of the Prince of Wales, because when Charles became King, Lawes was appointed to the royal court, where he remained for the rest of his life. He fought in the King’s army in the Civil War, and died in the siege of Chester.

John Hingeston was organist to Oliver Cromwell and was in charge of the band of musicians that provided music at the Protector’s court. Shortly after the restoration of Charles II, Hingeston was appointed to the King’s Private Musick. From 1673, Hingeston was assisted by the young Henry Purcell, who was to succeed him ten years later.

Purcell also followed in the footsteps of Matthew Locke, who was Composer in Ordinary to Charles II, and organist of the chapel of Her Majesty Catherine of Braganza, Charles II’s Portuguese wife. Locke also served King Charles as Composer of the Wind Music, and Composer for the Violins, in which post he was succeeded by Purcell. Purcell was also organist of the Chapel Royal, and simultaneously at Westminster Abbey.

More information can be found on the website: Chelys Consort

Tickets cost £13.20 (concessions £11).

A £53.50 (concessions £48.15) Festival Ticket allows the ticket holder entrance to each of the 6 performances at the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival.