Duo Seraphim exists to perform the extensive repertoire for plucked strings and voice. Our concerts feature an array of songs from 16th Spanish villancicos to 19th century lieder with the odd bit of Bowie thrown in for good measure. Richard’s archival research helps us find the rep while Joe’s Ph.D research into performance practice provides the flair and nuance. We perform with maximum emotional commitment, exploring any performance technique that enhances the expression of a song. A flexible approach to programming ensures that we are adaptable to any occasion.
Joe has worked with leading companies and ensembles including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, New Chamber Opera and Armonico Consort. Richard has played for pretty much every period band going: the OAE, Ex Cathedra, His Majesty’s Sackbutts and Cornetts and Charivari Agréable to name a few.
Bewitching songs of the Seventeenth Century
Thrice happy lovers (from The Fairy Queen Z.679)
If music be the food of love (first version Z.379a)
Amarilli mia bella (from Le Nuove Musice 1602)
Vuestros ojos tienen d’amor no sé qué (from Robert Dowland A Musicall Banquet, 1610)
Sirvió esta mañana el alba (from Cancionero Musical de la Casanatense, c.a. 1625)
Sì dolce è il tormento che in sero mi sta (from Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze, 1624)
Lasso vita mia (from A Pilgrim’s Solace, 1612)
Say love if ever thou will’st find (from The Third and Last Booke of Songs and Aires, 1603)
I saw my lady weep (from The Second Book of Songs or Ayres, 1600)
In a season all oppressed (ca. 1630)
Amante Felice (ca. 1620)