(1) Instantly, she thought of Christmases past where she would sit by the hearth and Joan would play the viol .(2) Sibyl watched as Lady Plymouth's private troubadour began to instinctively pluck strings of the viol .(3) Although there is a display case devoted to bow-making, there is only one other case exhibiting the progression from the early viol to the contemporary violin.(4) The viol , a family of string instruments that was predominant prior to the advent of the violin family, has a singing if somewhat fragile tone that instantly seduces.(5) He concentrated his efforts on the keyboard parts, presumably because they allowed him to play or imagine the essence of these three anthems even in the absence of singers and viol players.(6) The concert finished well with the viol and theorbo providing good support.(7) The close relationship between the consort song and the Elizabethan verse anthem makes it at least possible that both genres began with the same scoring: voices and viols .(8) Early music is the stuff of sackbutts, forte pianos and viols .(9) This collection covers eight sacred solo/duet cantatas for soprano and/or bass with a quartet of period strings - two each of violins and viols de gamba with continuo.(10) The dozen instrumentalists are busy with recorder, flute, viols , theorbo, harpsichord and organ.(11) These discoveries throw important new light on Cobbold's music for voices and viols , and enable an attempt at restoring the hypothetical lost consort anthem to be made.(12) The leading early makers of violins, whose potential for rhythmic vitality distinguished them in the Baroque era from the viols preferred in the Renaissance, worked in Verona, Brescia, Venice, and Cremona.(13) Instead they had to encounter the art by becoming surrogate members of other communities, or sing madrigals or play viols or the virginals at home.(14) Beginning with the haunting sound of four recorders so infectious it was soon joined by the renaissance guitar, viols and voice for the first song, a celebration of the joys of hunting.(15) Pelham Humfrey and Purcell brought a new, incisive style of string music to the Chapel Royal anthem as violins replaced the old viols .(16) We were also treated to sensitively and beautifully played instrumental items, in combinations such as lute and flute, two recorders, two viols , recorder and viol, and crumhorn and viol.