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3. Helen Charlston & Toby Carr: Battle Cry

14 October 2022, 17:00 - 18:00


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For the first of our lute-song recitals, Helen Charlston, a BBC New Generation Artist, and Toby Carr present Battle Cry, a programme taken from their recent, acclaimed disc of the same name on Delphian Records. The programme rebalances the 17th-century obsession with female abandonment and lament, incorporating works by Purcell, Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi and their contemporaries, as well as a specially commissioned work by Owain Park.


All our seating is unreserved; please arrive in good time to take your seat. For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The event duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and there will be no interval.


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Tickets will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.

Watch Delphian Records' film of Helen and Toby performing Purcell:

Artist Portrait

Helen Charlston

Helen Charlston


Hailed “a rather special mezzo” (Music Web International), Helen is a young artist increasingly in demand in the UK and abroad. Recent concert highlights include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Handel Messiah/Stephen Layton), Royal Northern Sinfonia (Mendelssohn Lobgesang/Paul McCreesh) and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (Bach Matthew Passion/Gabrieli Consort and Players); a worldwide tour of Handel Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphon... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Toby Carr

Toby Carr


Lutenist and guitarist Toby Carr is known as a versatile and engaging artist, performing with some of the finest musicians in the business. Toby was introduced to the lute while studying the classical guitar at Trinity Laban, leading to a postgraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he has since been welcomed back as a professor. He now has a busy performing career on a variety of plucked instruments as a soloist, continuo player, accompanist and chamber musician. The challenge of presenting old music to ... Read Full Biography


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