THE MUSIC of kings will be playing in Chichester on Saturday night (February 22).
Celys, the viol quartet formed of Ibi Aziz, Alison Kinder, Emily Ashton and Jenny Bullock, will perform in St John’s Chapel.
Their All The King’s Men programme features music from the courts of Charles I and Charles II, including pieces by Coperario, Jenkins, Locke and Purcell.
Emily said her fellow players formed the group in 2007 while studying at Trinity College in Cambridge.
She then joined the group two years ago and the quartet now tours the country.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” she said of Saturday’s performance.
“It’s some of the best music for viols and I hope people will enjoy it. It’s very accessible.
“The chapel is a really beautiful venue and we’re really looking forward to performing.”
Music from this period was selected for the programme as it suited the viols and she said it should complement the acoustics of the chapel.
“The sound of the viols suits smaller spaces generally rather than bigger spaces.
“It’s not the same as listening to an orchestra. It draws you in.”
She said the parts were ‘very equal’, without any sort of hierarchy in the group, adding: “It’s a very democratic kind of music.
“People used to gather and just play together.”
It is the first time the group will have performed in Chichester, although Emily said she had previously performed at the cathedral.
Tickets are £12, with concessions £10 and students £5.
It starts at the chapel, in St John’s Street, PO19 1VR, at 7.30pm
To buy tickets call 07949 511619 or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/chelys.