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Greenville audiences are in for a special treat when two of the UK’s most recognized proponents of early music perform on Thursday, February 21, at the Carolina Music Museum on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville at 7:30 PM.

Alison Crum is one of the best-known British exponents of the viol. As teacher, performer, and moving spirit behind several well-known early music groups, she has travelled all over the world giving recitals and lectures and teaching in summer schools and workshops. She has made well over one hundred recordings with some of Britain’s finest ensembles; and, as a soloist, on discs of Marais, Bach, and virtuoso Italian divisions, which is a passage or ‘step’ for a solo instrument or lead instrument. An antique term, but it is not surprising as Ms. Crum and Roy Marks are world renowned for playing antique music.

Alison is President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, Professor of Viol at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and a visiting teacher at several colleges and universities in both Europe and the USA. She is also the author of two highly acclaimed books on playing the viol, and has been called the doyenne of British viol teachers.

Roy Marks, Alison’s husband, began his musical life in childhood playing the piano and, in his teens, playing lead guitar in a rhythm and blues band, rather than going on to study music however, he chose art—studies that culminated at the Royal Academy in London where he was awarded the prestigious David Murray scholarship for landscape painting. In his late thirties, Roy turned his attention almost exclusively to early music—to the recorder, the viol, and the lute.

Together, Alison and Roy are very much occupied with playing music from the 16th to the 18th century and they have collected a large number of copies of early instruments—all of which they play. As members of The Rose Consort of Viols they have recorded many CDs of English consort music, and as teachers they are popular on courses and workshops in the USA and in Europe.  In more recent years they have grown increasingly fond of the earlier repertoire that audiences will hear at the concert on February 21st.  What’s a Spagna?  You’ll have to come to the concert to find out!

With only 80 seats available, we urge everyone to make their reservations early.  $15 for adults, $5 for students with ID’s.  Call 520-8807 to make your reservations. The concert will begin at 7:30.

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