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“Take thy lute, wench: my soul grows sad with troubles; Sing and disperse ‘em…”

(Shakespeare – Henry VIII)


In Shakespeare’s time, when the lute was the most prized of all instruments, lute player and singer were often one and the same person – wench or not! In today’s early music world, lute songs are almost always performed by a duo. Helen Atkinson revives the art of the solo lutesinger.




“…proved herself equal to the lute accompaniments … vocally, her strength clearly lies more in caressing the eardrum than shattering wine glasses … a skilled and charismatic performer”

Paul Bowles, Classical Guitar Magazine, April 2014