Uplifting in every sense, the local debut of My Lord Chamberlain's Consort produced a delightful, provocative afternoon of 16th and 17th century British music Sunday in the handsome and elegant Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series presented by the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College.
This septet of musicians put together a tight, engrossing program and performed it compellingly.
Titled "Be Light and Glad: 'Divine and Moral' Songs From Elizabethan England," the agenda contained pieces both stern and lighthearted, inspiring and instructive. The texts, extolling stoicism, patience and forbearance, preached lessons appropriate in a hedonistic age. At the same time, the emotional flexibility of the poets gave the listener reason to come away touched and, in the deepest sense, encouraged.