The internationally renowned Viola da Gamba player Liam Byrne will play a recital of lyra viol music that spans 17th century British musical life, from the complex lute-like creations of Stuart court composers Ferrabosco and Lawes, to the folk-song settings of Playford, with which Samuel Pepys would have entertained himself of an evening. The lyra viol tradition is a way of playing the viola da gamba that flourished in Britain, involving many different ways of tuning the instrument in order to achieve beautiful and unusual colours and timbres. Liam plays a viola da gamba made in 2012 by master luthier and Ludlow resident Marc Soubeyran.
Liam Byrne divides his time between playing very old and very new music on the viol. He has been praised in The Times for his “nuanced and expressive, stylish virtuosity” and by The Guardian for his “glittering performance”.
As a chamber musician, Liam has performed and recorded with many leading Early Music ensembles. For several years he was a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork, with whom he toured internationally.
Beyond the realm of early music, Liam has worked with a wide variety of contemporary artists. His involvement has ranged from playing a significant musical role in the creation of several large-scale operatic works such ad: Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee to creating sound installations at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art with Opera Erratica.
Liam is professor of viola da gamba at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also teaches Medieval and Renaissance Performance Practice and leads a viol consort.
Suitable for ages 12+
This event is held at St Laurence's Church. Tickets are £10