ramma Per Musica’s goals are clear. The group seeks the drama that is possible only through music; that confluence of emotion and reason through sound and language. This search has led them to the Italian, and Italianate, works of the 17th century, where composers and librettists sought classical models of musical expression and theatre and created the first Dramma per musica (Drama through music). The group's core team consists of chitarrone, viola de gamba and voice. But the group itself is conceived as a modular one, adding continuo instruments or inviting singers to suit the programme and add to the drama.

Dramma Per Musica's formal debut was as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival's young artist scheme in November 2018 and they have since then performed both in UK and internationally in festivals such as the Lake District Summer Festival and Utrecht Early Music Festival as well as Chapel Royal in Hampton Court Palace. Their return to the Brighton Early Music main festival 2019 led to their radio debut performing live on the BBC Radio 3 In Tune. Upcoming concerts include St John Smith Square and Barnes Music Festival 2020.


“Carver made the gusts of erotic passion in Stefano Landi’s song “Augellin” seem real, held a lovely sustained line … and at the climax of Henry Lawes’s song “A Storm”, he summoned genuine fortissimo. He’s certainly one to watch.”

- The Telegraph, Ivan Hewitt


“Strong passionate music from the 17th century with a touch perfect rendition of Purcells‘ Evening Hymn.”

- Gscene

"Harry Buckoke (viola da gamba, lirone) and Jonatan Bougt (theorbo) conjured up mysterious forests, floods and storms as settings for the singer’s storytelling. Together they delivered an intelligently conceived programme with enthusiastic introductions and excellent music."

- The Latest Brighton, Andrew Connal


 “[Carver] Immediately, he captured the audience’s attention by his expressive, dramatic delivery of the Italian text. He was equally at home in French as he continued with music by Lully. Jonatan Bougt also impressed with his performance of a Toccata by Kapsperger.”

- Westmoreland Gazette, Clive Walkely




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