Music in a cold climate - Sounds of Hansa Europe
The sea-faring nations of northern Europe were closely connected during the heyday of the Hanseatic League, that great trading community connecting London to Tallinn, via Lübeck, Hamburg, and the ports of Holland, Denmark and Sweden in a network that cemented ties by trade in everything from iron, wool, books, salt and soldiers, to music and ideas - all dependent on the North and Baltic seas.
In this programme we see 17th century northern musicians looking not just to the Adriatic, but to one another for inspiration. This dialogue is brought into the present with Andrew Keeling's new composition Northern Soul (written specifically for this programme) performed alongside music by Buxtehude, Staden, Dowland, Sweelinck and Dietrich Becker.
Gawain Glenton - cornetto
Bojan Cicic - violin
Emily White - trombone
Richard Boothby - viola da gamba
Silas Wollston - organ/harpsichord