The York Early Music Festival 2007

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EMS20070707

Catherine Bott introduces a live edition of the programme from the National Centre for Early Music celebrating the 30th year of the festival.

EMS20070708

Catherine Bott introduces highlights from a concert of music from the court of Charles V, reflecting this year's festival theme of musical intrigue, politics and passion, and performed by Les Haultz et les Bas.

Henry VIII

Lucie Skeaping presents a selection of secular music from the so-called Henry VIII Manuscript.

Henry VIII was one of the most remarkable and formidable English monarchs, but the portrayal of Henry as a cantankerous despot has outshone the image of the youthful Henry who was devoted to sports and the arts.

In his 20s and 30s, Henry penned several secular compositions, a variety of partsongs and consorts, 34 of which were compiled in the manuscript.

It also included works by several other musicians who passed through Henry's court, such as William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax.

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Catherine Bott introduces highlights from a concert of music from the court of Charles V, reflecting this year's festival theme of musical intrigue, politics and passion, and performed by Les Haultz et les Bas.