The English Songbook (St Paul)

Experiencing Renaissance & Baroque England through song

Few musical genres are more synonymous with England that the songs written by Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Byrd, and John Dowland. These four composers created a cultural framework from which opera would later spring. In this program, we will explore England’s musical tradition
of the song (which began in England long before George Friderich Handel’s arrival to the island in 1712) with selections from some of England’s most famous composers.

Counter-tenor Michael Skarke will make his La Grande Bande debut alongside La Grande Bande regulars, mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson, cellist Maryne Mossey and harpsichordist Michael Thomas Asmus.

Pre-concert talk begins at approximately 6:45pm.

Michael Skarke, counter-tenor
Alyssa Anderson, mezzo-soprano
Maryne Mossey, baroque cello
Michael Thomas Asmus, harpsichord


Feb 07 2025


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Olivet Congregational Church
1850 Iglehart Ave, St Paul, MN 55104