John Potter
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Alternative History Quartet in Spain

Published at: 27/06/2024

It's been a while, but the Alternative History Quartet is back in Spain this week, with concerts in Gijon on the 2nd and Cordoba on the 4th.  The programme is  a version of our Dowland to Sting recital (the one without any Dowland) based in part on our Amores Pasados album. 

The early music quotient includes Robert Jones and Campion, but the main focus is on music by the jazz and rock musicians that we have been associated with over the last ten years. There will be two John Paul Jones pieces, his Amores Pasados set and his beautiful setting of Blake’s Cradle Song. The great jazz drummer and composer Peter Erskine has written several pieces for us, and we’ll be doing his powerful setting of Anne Hills’ anti-war poem Ash  and Snow. There aren’t many AH gigs without songs by Tony Banks and Sting, and we’ll be doing Tony’s exquisite Shakespeare sonnet That Time of Year. I’ll be singing Sting’s moving Bury me Deep (and the day after I get home I’ll be going to see my granddaughter Emily singing Fields of Gold with her choir in York). In between there will be the counter-history 1920s early music by Peter Warlock, E J Moeran and Thomas Dunhill in Jacob Heringman’s arrangements for voices and lutes. 

After the Dowland Project/Covid debacle last year I’ve begun to concentrate more on writing than performing, so it'll be great to be together with Anna, Ariel and Jake for some proper music making.  Catch us while you can!  

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