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Sestina is joined by the Irish Baroque Orchestra for a stunning programme of music by Marini, Weelkes and Ramsey

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In a programme based around the almost unknown work Lacrime de Davide by Biagio Marini, Sestina will explore the nature of the lament of King David for his son Jonathan, using a new performing edition produced by Mark Chambers. This rarely heard work will be paired with well-known choral settings of ‘When David heard that Absalon was slain’ by Weelkes and Ramsey, written as an outpouring of grief for the death of Prince Henry in 1612.

The performance will feature an ensemble of 8 singers, and we are delighted to be joined by members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra for this concert, which will be recorded in St. Peter's Church, Drogheda.

The concert will be premiered at 7.30pm on 25th June 2021, and will be available to view online for 2 weeks.

We are grateful to our sponsors, Exitex Ltd. and to the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for funding this project.​

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Sestina is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast made up of young singers who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers. It is Sestina’s aim to nurture and encourage their excellence through mentorship and collaboration with world-class professionals, and to present performances of the highest quality and energy. To date, the ensemble has performed all the major stage works of Henry Purcell (The Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas), and has worked with some of the finest specialist early music practitioners in the world: His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, The Monteverdi String Band (in their 2015 production of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610), and the Dutch violinist Johannes Leertouwer. In December 2016, the ensemble collaborated with Hillsborough Castle for the first time in A Georgian Family Christmas, providing informed period music for an immersive event taking place within the Castle, a project which culminated in a highly successful ‘Come and Sing’ Messiah event.  In April 2018, Sestina will be joined by the Irish Barqoue Orchestra for the first time for a production of Handel’s neglected masterpiece Theodora. 

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