John Dowland: Study Day

26 April 2016

John Dowland (?1563–1626): Study Day
Wednesday 4 May 2016
Magdalen College Oxford

This study day celebrates Magdalen College’s acquisition of John Dowland’s music books (all his major works: the three books of Songs or Ayres and Lachrimae, published between 1600 and 1604). They were once owned by Sir Charles Somerset (1587/8–1665), a Magdalen alumnus, and music collector. The purchase was made with the help of the Breslauer Foundation, the Mark Loveday Charitable Trust, the Friends of the National Libraries, and the Scott-Wesley Bequest. The study day and concert are funded by the College’s Annual Fund, which has been established to benefit Magdalen students, who are particularly invited to participate.

The study day and concert are free, but advance registration is required.

To register for the study day and/or concert, please contact:
Professor Christian Thomas Leitmeir (
Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 AU

Conference: Daubeny Lecture Room, Magdalen College

14.00        Registration and Welcome

14.15        Christian Leitmeir (Oxford)
Appropriations of the Past: Dowland’s Creative Strategies and Sir Charles Somerset’s Collecting Activities

14.45        Peter Holman (Leeds)
An Englishman Abroad: Thomas Simpson’s Version of Dowland

15.15        Coffee break (New Room Ante-Room)

15.45        Katherine Butler (Oxford)
John Dowland’s Songs for Elizabeth I

16.15        John Cunningham (Bangor)
Dowland’s Ayres in Transmission: Texts and Contexts

16.45        Katie Bank (Royal Holloway)
Sensing Dowland: Notes on Praise Blindnesse Eies and Tell Me, True Love

Exhibition and Reception:  Old Library & Summer Common Room

Concert: Holywell Music Room
John Dowland’s Lachrimae (1604)


Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol and director
Jonathan Manson, tenor viol
Emilia Benjamin, tenor viol
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol


Emily Ashton, tenor viol
and, as guest,
Elizabeth Kenny, lute

© Marco Borggreve