The Seckford Music Connection
The Ravenscroft Consort gave us a terrific concert yesterday afternoon. They played Early Music using exact copies of instruments of the time. The varied programme celebrated Thomas Seckford's local legacy and wider influences. It gave us a wonderful musical journey through the Tudor and Elizabethan world. As well as the music, Stephen Cassidy, the leader of the Consort, introduced each piece and treated us to some fascinating historical facts of the life and musical times that Seckford would have been familiar with through his Court and political connections in Suffolk and the Continent. The programme included compositions by John Dowland, Giovanni Gabrieli, Augustine Bassano and Thomas Ravenscroft, whom the Consort takes its name from.
Appropriately, the players were positioned directly in front of Thomas Seckford's tomb!
The concert was organised by the Friends of St Mary's.