Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter

Music by Isaac, Josquin, Willaert, de Rore, Francesco della Viola, with anonymous 15th-century laude – and introducing the anonymous motets of the Musica…materna lingua vocata (1543), which we thing were composed by Suor Leonora d’Este, daughter of Alfonso I, Duke of Ferrara, and his second wife, the famous Lucrezia Borgia. More….

Passion and the Princess

Meet the woman behind the famous ‘Singing Ladies of Ferrara’. Named after her grandmother Lucrezia Borgia, the princess Lucrezia d’Este was participant, patron and witness to the greatest music of the 16th-century at the court of Ferrara. Passion, violence, murder and treachery weave through her story, with music her one delight in the brutal world of renaissance politics. More….


The ScreenAn earthquake disturbs the ancient city of Ferrara. A young woman, on the eve of her forced enclosure, dreams an erotic dream of forbidden fruit and fallen men…of rapture and ruin, pleasure and pain, love, loss and Lucrezia Borgia. Fallen charts Camilla Faà Gonzaga’s turbulent journey towards the veil, evocatively underscored with the ethereal and disembodied voices of cloistered women. More….

Mirror of Eternity

Mirror of Eternity:
Music for St Clare and St Ursula

Alessandro Grandi, Hildegard of Bingen, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Lodovico Agostini and Lucrezia Vizzana More….

Holy and Unholy Virgins

Holy and Unholy Virgins:
Piety, passion and scandal in a Bolognese convent

Lucrezia Vizzana, Claudio Monteverdi, Adriano Banchieri

Performing forces
4 singers, organ, chitarrone and/or harp
Celestial Sirens female voice choir (optional)


Sing Choirs of Angels

Sing Choirs of Angels:
Christmas in an Italian Convent

Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Orlando Lassus, Chiara Margherita Cozzolani, Alessandro Grandi

Performing forces
4-5 singers, organ, chitarrone and/or harp
Celestial Sirens female voice choir (optional)


Dangerous Graces

Dangerous Graces:
Female musicians at North Italian courts

Cipriano de Rore, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Ciaches de Wert, Lodovico Agostini, Marcantonio Ingegneri, Paolo Virchi, Vincenzo Galilei More….

Dialogues With Heaven

Dialogues With Heaven:
Life and death in a Milanese convent

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Caterina Assandra, Rosa Giacinta Badalla and Claudio Monteverdi More….

Four Nuns and a Courtesan

Four Nuns and a Courtesan:
Female composers from the cloister to the salon

Hildegard of Bingen, Lucrezia Vizzana, Caterina Assandra, Rosa Giacinta Badalla and Barbara Strozzi


Four Weddings and a Funeral

Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens
with Mark Dobell, Don Grieg and the BREMF Consort of Voices

Music by Giaches de Wert, Emilio de’ Cavalieri and Claudio Monteverdi More….

Secret Carnivals

Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens

Music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Cristobal Morales, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Paulo Isnardi, Marcantonio Ingegneri and Suora Anonima More….

Sacred Hearts, Secret Music

Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens
Directed by Nick Renton

A vibrant and compelling mix of visual drama, More….