Date: Sat 15 Aug

Time: 13:00

Length: Approx 50 mins

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Name: Matthew Nisbet

From: UK

Style: 17th-18th Century Lute & Guitar


Matthew Nisbet studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Manchester University. It was there that he became interested in early types of plucked string instruments and where he researched a manuscript of seventeenth-century lute music known as the Tabley House Lute Book.


Matthew spent several years as an instructor in music history at Indiana University whilst studying with the celebrated lute player Nigel North. He has performed with a variety of period instrument groups, such as The King’s Consort, Ex Cathedra, I Fagiolini, His Majesty’s Sackbutts and Cornetts, Instruments of Time and Truth, and Concerto Palatino. He is also a member of Chordophony, a quartet of some of Britain’s finest lute players led by Lynda Sayce. 

From the dazzling and improvisatory pieces of early 17th-century Italy for the newly invented long-necked lute known as the theorbo to the poise of French music from the Court of Louis XIV, you will be introduced to the innovative and graceful solo repertoire for this remarkable instrument. You will also experience the baroque guitar as it was performed in the time of Samuel Pepys, gaining an appreciation for the ancestry and evolution of the modern guitar.