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Tuesday, 12 December at 7.30pm
Richard Booth's Bookshop

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute & theorbo)

"Now Winter Comes Slowly"


artist pic

Elin Manahan Thomas &
Elizabeth Kenny


Tickets: 15     Now booking

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay on Wye or (afternoons) from the Bookshop Cinema - entrance in Brook Street

or by telephone: 01497 -822 010 / -820 322

or online through Booth's Bookshop



A festive programme of wintry favourites featuring scenes from Purcell's Fairy Queen and King Arthur, hymns to the Virgin, celebratory Christmas songs by Bach and Scarlatti and traditional carols and Noels. Elin and Elizabeth's popular alliance will sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter's night.



So shall the lute and harp awake


Exulta Filia


O intemerata


Canzonetta Spirituale sopra alla nanna


Ich freue mich in dir


Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier


O Jesulein sss


Fortunati pastori. . .Tocco la prima sorte


Now winter nights enlarge


Scenes from Fairy Queen and King Arthur


Sequence of traditional Christmas songs

Trad French

A minuit fut fait un rveil

Trad English

The truth from above


Adam lay ybounden


Gabriel's message

Trad Welsh

Cn y Plygain (14')


Or let the merry bells ring round


Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her dbut album 'Eternal Light' in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps she is most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces - such as Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute players. Her playing has been described as "incandescent" (Music and Vision), "radical" (The Independent) and "indecently beautiful" (Toronto Post). In twenty years of touring she has played with many of the world's best period instrument groups.




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