Sunday 26 June, 6pm at Royal Spa

Eliza is the Fairest Queen

EVENT OVER. Popular songs from the reigns of our two queen Elizabeths - a Jubilee event with a difference!

Date & Time: Sunday 26 June, 6pm

Ticket price: £15; £7.50 12-25; under-12s free

Venue: Royal Spa

Popular songs from the time of good Queen Bess, alongside Tudor-tinted arrangements of some of the greatest hits from the 70-year reign of our current Queen Elizabeth, to include Vera Lynn, Aretha Franklin and the Beatles. Anecdotes about two of England’s most influential female monarchs make a humorous comparison with some early ‘kings behaving badly’. A Jubilee event with a difference!

“It’s no surprise from the name of our ensemble that we sing a lot of Elizabethan music… but never before have we combined this with pop music from the heyday of our current Queen! In Fair Oriana we love a quirky twist to a concert programme, and to combine old and new by commissioning new music where possible, so the idea of mixing both Elizabethan eras in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee really appealed! Thank you to BREMF for inviting us to take it on!” Fair Oriana

Please note that Royal Spa is an outdoor venue. Please bring your own seating (folding chairs or picnic blankets) and you are welcome to bring a picnic.

Fair Oriana

Penelope Appleyard and Lucy Cox sopranos
Sergio Bucheli lute
Jonatan Bougt guitar
Harry Buckoke viol
Alexander Duggan percussion

Fair Oriana will be joined by guest soprano Lucy Cox for this concert. You can see her singing Handel’s ‘O Sleep, why dost thou leave me’ in the video on this page.


Thomas Morley 1557–1602 Now is the Month of Maying

John Dowland 1563–1626 Come Away, Come Sweet Love

Dowland Frog Galliard

Tobias Hume c.1579–1645 Fain Would I Change that Note

The Beatles Blackbird

The Beatles Her Majesty

Dowland Time Stands Still

Dowland Come again, sweet love doth now invite

Morley O Mistress Mine

John Bennet 1570–1615 All Creatures Now

Dowland Earl of Essex's Galliard

Dowland Clear and Cloudy

Fraser Wilson (commission) On Monsieur's Departure

Irving Berlin (performed by Fred Astaire) Cheek to Cheek

Arthur Hamilton (performed by Julie London) Cry me a River

Louise Anna Duggan (commission) My Honour and My Blood

Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (performed by Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin) Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

Walter Kent (performed by Vera Lynn) The White Cliffs of Dover

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