Saturday January 25th 7:30pm -

Gillian Keith, Tom Randle & the London Viols


'Our Fairest Queene'


Step back in time to the reign of Elizabeth I with glorious music by Johnson, Byrd, Dowland, Purcell, and other masters of the age.


Acclaimed period ensemble London Viols is joined by soprano Gillian Keith and tenor Tom Randle for a perfectly tuned programme of delights.


Tickets £ 25 (including refreshments and programme)




On 25th January, St Botolph Church was full for the very first CulphoMusic concert of 2020.


'Our Fairest Queen' was a magical evening of early music with Elizabethan song and verse. Our two soloists Gillian Keith and Tom Randle set aside their busy international lives for a day, to create a beautiful, and amusing programme full of history and atmosphere.


Performing with them were four of the five London Viols - Peter MacCarthy, Mark Caudle, Louise Jameson and Reiko Ichise. The rich velvet tone of these early instruments and the virtuosity of the musicians was, without doubt, food for the soul and at times completely mesmerising.


Many people contributed to the success of the evening, so thanks go to Richard Garnham and John Lapsley for help with the parking 'challenges' and to Margaret Gornall, Christobel Garnham, Lyn Chapman and 'volunteers' who helped with preparing the church, catering and serving refreshments in the interval.


Another huge thank you must go to Edward Morgan, whose IT skills and generous gift of time has created the CulphoMusic website address: and Email:


The final thank you is to Lord Cranworth for being our Patron and supporter.


We have just 60 tickets to offer for each of these concerts, so please check out the next three in the series and book early to be sure of a seat.


Christine Pearce


Tel: 01473 738324



Concert 1


To see more photos of the concert ... CLICK HERE


Audience comments:

We both thought that it was a unique and splendid evening – memorising. Slightly surreal and it was almost like a film set that one had stumbled into. Where else would you find performance like that in a small country church tucked away in the countryside?


The music was great and I really felt immersed in the Tudor courts- images of impossibly uncomfortable dresses and black teeth!


Culpho, our beloved historic church in Suffolk, was treated to a feast of talent, a wonderful programme, inspirational education and sublime enjoyment that can only be savoured at the voices, hands and experienced talent of accomplished and acclaimed musicians. THANK YOU.


I felt I wanted to thank you for last night's concert and the canapés all of which gave a lovely atmosphere. The singers were impeccable, in particular, anyone wanting an object lesson in mouth shape and how to get the voice forward only needed to look at Tom in performance. The Viols were also tremendous.