Spitalfields Music Festival 2024

In the Shadow of the Tower: Nardus Williams & Elizabeth Kenny

“Williams’s vocal dexterity and emotional finesse turned the singer’s sorrow into the listener’s joy – as did Kenny’s ravishing accompaniments"
- Artsdesk

Thursday 27th June, 7:00pm

Tower of London – The Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula

PRICE: £15 - £36

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East London’s cosmopolitan history, captured in song – including the influence of immigrants to our city, and the links to our area’s own Royal Palace – from one of today’s leading sopranos and a long-time friend of the festival and lutenist extraordinare.

Nardus Williams    Soprano

Elizabeth Kenny    Lute


‘Henry VIII’
De la tromba
Whereto should I express
Pastyme with good companye

Daniel Bacheler    To plead my Faith

John Dowland
Fortune my Foe
It was a time when Silly Bee

Alfonso Ferrabosco    Udite Lagrimosi spir’ti d’Averno

Anon.    Sta Notte mi Sognava

Giulio Caccini    Amarilli mia Bella

Nicholas Lanier
Qual Musico Gentil
Nor com’st thou yet: Hero and Leander
Loves Constancy

Henry Purcell    O Solitude

Francisco Corbetta    Chaconne

José Marin    Sepan Todos que muero  

Roderick Williams, words by Rommi Smith    New work (commissioned by Spitalfields Music)

Duration: 1hr 15


This concert is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.


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7:00 PM

Venue information

Tower of London – The Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula

Tower of London
United Kingdom

Underground and National Rail

Tower Hill (5 mins)
Tower Gateway (9 mins)
Fenchurch Street (6 mins)
London Bridge (17 mins)
Walking times are given in brackets.


All of our venues are easy to reach by bus. To plan your quickest route use TFL’s journey planner.

Entrance to the Tower of London is via the West Gate (the main entrance).

Please note that the journey to the chapel requires walking from the Tower Gates, and there are approximately 5 steps down to the entrance.