Queynte Laydies are delighted to be teaming up with Three Parts Vied for their upcoming concert, 'Modified in the Guts of the Living', where we'll be performing poetry by Heaney, Auden and Catullus.
The concert assembles music and poetry written on the deaths of poets, composers, and brothers, and stages them in the Grand Entrance Hall of the Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe.
Auden's 'In Memory of W.B. Yeats' and Heaney's 'Audenesque' are cut with new translations of Catullus' poems on the death of his brother by our own Máirín O'Hagan.
These poems mingle with Restoration music on the same theme: Henry Purcell commemorates his choirmaster Matthew Locke and his publisher John Playford, while John Blow marks libertine poet the Earl of Rochester. The two most substantial pieces by Henry Hall and John Blow commemorate Henry Purcell himself, with double recorders and duets for soprano and bass, and two countertenors.