'Flow, My Tears': The Music of John Dowland

Course details

From £67.00

Sat 01 Jun 2019

'Flow, My Tears': The Music of John Dowland


John Dowland, singer, songwriter and virtuoso lutenist, was an international celebrity of his time. His songs are a perfect match of words and music, as eloquent today as they were in Elizabethan times, but his life remains one of mystery and controversy. In this day school we follow the twists and turns of his turbulent story, his travels on the continent and his growing fame.

With live performances of some of Dowland’s most famous songs and solo compositions, Elizabeth Pallett explores the publications and manuscript collections of Dowland’s works, looking at the original sources in manuscript and print.

The final session of the day will be a concert of songs and solos by Dowland, interwoven with readings and poetry by his contemporaries.


Programme details

9.45am            Registration

10.00am          'The rarest musician that his age did behold.' - Thomas Fuller, 1662

                        A journey into the life of John Dowland, his travels and his legacy.  

                        Elizabeth Pallett

11.15am           Coffee/tea

11.45am           'Whose heavenly touch upon the lute.' - Richard Barnfield 1598

                        Dowland's music for solo lute and the manuscripts that   contain his compositions.

                        Elizabeth Pallett

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            'Her voice revives the leaden strings.' - Thomas Campion     1601

                        Flow, My Tears and other songs that contribute to the English Lute Song heritage.

                        Elizabeth Pallett

3.15pm            Tea/coffee

3.45pm            Jo Dowland: His Solace

                        A concert of songs and solos by Dowland, interwoven with readings and poetry by his contemporaries.

                        Elizabeth Pallett

5.00pm           Course disperses


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £67.00
Baguette Lunch: £4.90


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Elizabeth Pallett

Course Tutor

is a sought-after specialist in the lute family family and has worked with many well-known early music ensembles. She teaches lute and theorbo at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is creator of the website www.luteweb.com, an online resource for lutenists. She is co-founder of the early music duo, Amarylli (www.amarylli.com) and director of the Priory Early Music Series 2018/19 in Great Malvern in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Hannah Grove


has performed across the UK and abroad with period instrumentalists such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the Corelli Orchestra in both oratorio and chamber music settings. She is co-founder of the early music duo, Amarylli.

Mr Jonathan Darnborough

Director of Studies

Jonathan Darnborough is Director of Studies in Music and Departmental Lecturer in Music at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.  He is a composer and pianist and has worked in continuing education throughout his career.

Jonathan studied piano and composition at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and the Royal Northern College of Music.  He was a prizewinner in the 1992 Franco-Italian Music Competition in Paris and has performed in the USA, France, Holland, Italy and Indonesia.  The Boston Globe has described him as having “a compositional voice that was unmistakably his own”.  He is currently working on an opera based on Euripides’s Hecuba and writing an online course on musical analysis for Oxford.

He is the author of an online course, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.


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