Franco-Scottish Society
promoting French & Scottish Culture
A Concert of French Renaissance Songs with Lute Accompaniment

Wednesday 20th April 2022, 6pm

Venue: Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard

Address: French Institute, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Performers: Ensemble Cordes en Ciel

(Guests are welcome)

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About the Concert

The programme features airs de cour and solo lute music from 17th century France.

The concert will include rarely heard songs by Antoine Boësset and more familiar works by Étienne Moulinié alongside lute interludes by Robert Ballard II.

A programme populated by magical beings, mythical figures, lovers and merrymakers!

Kristiina Watt (renaissance lute) and Héloïse Bernard (soprano)
About the Ensemble

The duo met in Glasgow while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

They were drawn together by a shared interest in the intimate and text-driven performance medium of the lute song and baroque monody.

Alongside vocal works their concerts feature solos on the renaissance lute, theorbo and baroque guitar.

Inspired by the historical practice of self-accompanied singing, Kristiina and Héloïse also perform vocal duos, including those sung by the fashionable all-female groups which first appeared in late 16th century Italy.

Kristiina Watt, Lute