Lady Anne has a wide repertoire of courtly songs in English, French,
Spanish, Italian or Latin. She accompanies herself either on the lute
or the Spanish vihuela a mano. This instrument, shaped like
a small guitar, is the Spanish equivalent of the lute, having similar
double courses of strings and tuned as the lute. Both instruments also
offer a great range of solo music. She plays arrangements of part songs,
singing one part and simultaneously playing up to four more on her instrument.
These arrangements are handwritten and it is from books such as hers
that most early music has been preserved. When demonstrating the Elizabethan
period it is possible to show some of the earliest printed music available:
beautifully bound facsimile books of music for the vihuela by the Spanish
composers Luis Milan (1535) and Luis de Narvaez (1538).
Occasionally she plays on a renaissance flute – a simple, keyless
wooden instrument or recorder. The addition of a small consort of renaissance
recorders, made by Phil Bleazy, used to give much more variety to the
musical performances and made it possible to provide a strong accompaniment
for dancing, the lute or vihuela, as chamber instruments, being insufficiently
loud for the purpose.