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About Matthew Wadsworth:

Lutenist Matthew Wadsworth is in great demand as a soloist, continuo player and chamber musician. He has appeared at major festivals in the UK, Europe and North America and can frequently be heard on radio, both in live performance and on disc.

Matthew has recorded for Avie, Deux-Elles, Linn and EMI Records. His CDs, When Laura Smiles, (featuring music by Phillip Rosseter), Away Delights (Robert Johnson) and 14 Silver Strings (Kapsberger and Piccinini) have received international critical acclaim.

Matthew is delighted to have recently been taken on as a solo artist by Channel Classics, and their first collaboration, Masters of the Lute, was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine, December 2006. Matthew studied lute with Nigel North at London’s Royal Academy of Music, winning the London Student of the Year Award in 1997 for his work on the development of Braille lute tablature. He then spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and now has a post at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Wadsworth was recently made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and was nominated by The Independent as a “Rising Star for 2005.” He is also Musical Ambassador for Britain’s National Talking Newspapers and Magazines.

Recent engagements have included the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Georgian Concert Society (Edinburgh), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Lufthansa, Beverley, Spitalfields, Budapest, Vancouver, Mitte-Europa and Innsbruck festivals. Matthew has also worked with The Academy of Ancient Music, English Touring Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, The Netherlands Bach Society, I Fagiolini, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The Musicians of the Globe, Arion, Constantinople and The Theatre of Early Music, among others.

“Perhaps because he always plays from the heart, there's an inner power and sincerity to his performances which make for compelling listening.” – Simon Heighes, International Record Review

“Lutenist Matthew Wadsworth dazzles with his dexterity.” – The Independent Magazine

About Kate Haynes:

Kate Haynes is a cellist devoted to historical performance of all periods. With baroque ensembles such Arion, Tafelmusik, B’Rock and Aradia, she has appeared at festivals throughout North America and Europe and recorded for the Naxos, ATMA, Artemis/Vanguard, and labels.

Kate studied modern cello with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and baroque cello with Jaapter Linden at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian studies at Harvard College. She is currently pursuing a DMus in 19th-century performance practice at McGill University in Montreal.

100 Years of Venice


A sumptuous musical journey through the 17th century and into the 18th in Venice, a city known at the time as “The Republic of Music." Works by Dario Castello, Benedetto Ferrari, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger and Antonio Vivaldi, performed on period instruments by three brilliant artists: Christopher Verrette (baroque violin), Kate Bennett Haynes (baroque cello) and Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo).

Thanks to Margaret & Jim Fleck.

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