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THE SPINACINO CONSORT

‘Away Vain Warld’

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The Scottish Reformation was a time of conflict and transformation. During the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, the Catholic French court clashed with the newly independent kirk, the court of James VI showed increasing English influence, and after James VI left Scotland to unite the crowns, traditional Scottish music began to be an increasing influence with Scottish nobility. The Spinacino Consort will explore this period through the prism of the poetry of Elizabeth Melville, the first female poet to be published in Scotland, and who wrote contrafactum on psalms, English lute song, and French air de cour.