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The historical and cultural context of music of the Renaissance at home, in court, in Shakespeare‘s theatre and beyond.

Musicians In Ordinary Podcast musiciansinordinary

    • Music
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

The historical and cultural context of music of the Renaissance at home, in court, in Shakespeare‘s theatre and beyond.

    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with Prof. Deanne Williams

    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with Prof. Deanne Williams

    Deanne Williams is professor in English at York University, a Fellow of the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies and a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. She was dramaturge for our production of Comus, has written extensively on girl performers in the Early Modern Period and dedicates a chapter to Milton’s character of The Lady in her book Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood published by Palgrave. In this episode she discusses what she learned about Milton, Comus, The Lady and the Brothers in preparing our performance.

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    • 16 min
    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with John Edwards on the music of Comus - Pt. 2

    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with John Edwards on the music of Comus - Pt. 2

    Director Heather Davies and theorbo player and artistic director John Edwards chat about the music in John Milton's masque Comus and especially about the dance music of masques in general, and the dances of William Lawes which we used in our production.

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    • 14 min
    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with John Edwards on the music of Comus - Pt. 1

    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with John Edwards on the music of Comus - Pt. 1

    Director Heather Davies and theorbo player and artistic director John Edwards chat about the music in John Milton's masque Comus and especially about the original songs by Henry Lawes.

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    • 19 min
    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with actor Bethany Jillard

    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with actor Bethany Jillard

    Actor Bethany Jillard chats about  playing the part of The Lady, a role first played by Alice Egerton, the teenaged daughter of  the Earl of Bridgewater, and the similarities and differences between preparing for this role from John Milton's Comus and her experience playing Shakespeare’s women. 
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    As a company member with the Stratford Festival in Canada for five seasons, Bethany’s credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Othello, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, The Little Years, Dangerous Liaisons and Peter Pan. Regional credits include Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Seagull, After Miss Julie and the world premiere of Gone with the Wind (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); How It Works, The Little Years and Cake and Dirt (Tarragon Theatre); My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Theatre PANIK); A Man of No Importance (Acting Up Stage Company); That Face (Canadian Stage Company/Nightwood Theatre) and Tough! (Factory Theatre). Her film and television credits include If I Were You with Marcia Gay Harden (Paragraph Pictures), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury Films), Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (The Movie Network), Rookie Blue (ABC) and I Love You ... But I Lied (Lifetime). She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and The Birmingham Conservatory for classical theatre training. Ms. Jillard moonlights as a singer in the band Notes from Underground alongside her husband, Aaron, who is her rock, her inspiration and her joy.

    • 23 min
    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with director Heather Davies

    John Milton’s Comus - Interview with director Heather Davies

    Director Heather Davies discusses the special challenges of the masque form, Milton’s verse and the rehearsal process in the time of covid with John Edwards.

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    Heather Davies was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She’s trained as a dancer, singer, actor and musician and has worked professionally since her teens. Heather moved to the UK to continue her actor training; she lived and worked in theatre there for 18 years. In 2001 she began focusing on directing full-time when she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as a resident director, working there for nearly three years. She returned to Canada in 2007 to attend the MFA- Theatre program at York University, graduating in April 2009. From September 2009 to February 2011 she was the Artistic Associate at The Grand Theatre in London Ontario. She continues to enjoy directing, writing, teaching and adapting in the UK and across Canada.

    In 2017 Heather became the first Artistic Director of The Ryga Festival, (inspired by renowned Canadian writer, George Ryga) in Summerland, BC and directing Colours in the Storm at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. In 2018, as well as returning to Summerland, Heather’s stage adaptation, Judith: memories of a Lady Pig Farmer, (based on the original novel, Judith, by Alberta writer Ardith Van Herk), will premiere at the Blyth Festival. Other projects in development include Silverfish (an original play about economic migration) and the stage adaptation of Night Desk, (novel by George Ryga).

    • 22 min
    Music for Comus - Saraband in F from Royal Consorts Set 9 by William Lawes

    Music for Comus - Saraband in F from Royal Consorts Set 9 by William Lawes

    The second Corant in F from Royal Consorts Set 9 by by William Lawes (1602-1645) is played by The Musicians In Ordinary string band led by Christopher Verrette, 1st vln. with Patricia Ahern, 2nd vln. Felix Deak and Laura Jones, violas da gamba and John Edwards, theorbo. 

    The saraband was a fast vigourous dance when first introduced to the dance suite from the guitar repertoire. We used the Set in F for the dances of the Egerton children in our performance of John Milton's masque Comus.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Jones GL ,

Five stars

Mr. Edwards knows his stuff, and presents it thoughtfully and often wittily.

Stratty H ,

insightful!

Hi a please to delve into this world! Insightful and fascinating- with lovely music!

bowedbassgirl ,

Definitiely take a listen!

This is a fascinating glimpse into a little-known aspect of the personal life of the legendary Anne Boleyn. The musical performances really enhance the lively discussion. Highly recommended!