Tag Archives: Elizabeth I

A Chest of Viols: A Brief Introduction to English Viol Consort Music

As a cellist and guitarist I have always thought the perfect instrument to be the Viola da Gama, a gut-fretted instrument tuned like a guitar but played like a cello. As with most aficionados my introduction to the instrument came … Continue reading

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By Degree – the Political Speech has become a Lost Art

Exposed to a lot of politics on both sides of the channel these days, I have noted a distinct drop in quality when it comes delivering a public speech.  A year after The King’s Speech won all the film awards … Continue reading

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Tudor History – Give me the Warts!

As someone interested in Tudor history I’m often tempted to have a peek at new television and film adaptations of the period – but have learned to temper my hopes and expectations in doing so.  In the old days it … Continue reading

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