The Pleasure Gardens of London were ornamental grounds open to the public as a resort or amusement area and operated throughout the seventeenth, eighteenth, and into the nineteenth centuries. These gardens, particularly for the English, served as an important social centers— a place to relax from the day’s labors, to entertain family and friends, to court, to show off one’s fine clothes or gaze upon those of others, to solicit or keep assignations, to snatch purses, to pick pockets, or to pick fights. They were also places to partake of food and refreshments of all sorts, to dance and to hear concerts. The Lass with the Delicate Air features a variety of songs and music heard in the Pleasure Gardens of London in the 17th and 18th-centuries.
Karen Flint, director & harpsichord
Laura Heimes, soprano
Eileen Grycky, flute
Kimberly Reighley, flute & recorder
Elizabeth Field, violin
Douglas McNames, cello