Local Heroes - Jacobean jewels by the Danyel brothers of Somerset

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Two brothers, born in Somerset during the reign of Elizabeth I, rose to prominence in the Jacobean court. Samuel Daniel, baptised in Taunton was a highly respected poet patronized by the powerful, and authored several masques for the Court. His younger brother John Danyel (baptised in Wellow) became one of the Kings lutenists, and published one of the most highly regarded book of lute songs of the period - this included settings of some of his brothers poetry. This programme complements examples of the work of the siblings with songs involving some of the key figures of the period that they became associated with, such as Mary Herbert, her brother Philip Sidney, Robert Devereux the Earl of Essex, his notorious sister Penelope, her partner Charles Blount the Earl of Devonshire, the Queen consort Anne of Denmark, and her tragic son Henry; and of course other composers such as John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Alfonso Ferrabosco II, Robert Johnson, and the relatively unknown George Handford.


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Youth, Elderly, Adult
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