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Birds and the Natural World in Medieval and Renaissance Music. Featuring music by Senleches, Vaillant, Baldwin, Weelkes and others, with Emily Baines, Lizzie Gutteridge and Belinda Paul.
The natural world, and birds in particular, provided a wealth of imagery and allegory for medieval and renaissance musicians. They were frequently enlisted to enact the dramas found in human life, at a safe remove, but also served to illustrate the harmony of nature. Imitation of birdsong was also used as a means for human musicians to display their virtuosity and this programme will depict both the harmonious balance of nature and the artistry of humans in imitating it. Featuring performances on recorders, shawms, bagpipes and more!
Old Saint Martin’s Church, Cornmarket, Worcester WR1 2PN
Enjoy the foot-tapping rhythms and the rich sound world of shawms, recorders, lutes, drums, curtals and bagpipes in this fascinating journey of ‘Strictly – Medieval to Renaissance’.
Emily Baines - Recorders, Bagpipes, Voice
Arngeir Hauksson - Gittern, Hurdy Gurdy, Percussion
Story telling has always been a vital way to educate, elucidate, commemorate. English medieval ballads, or story-songs, were used to spread moral myths, religious principles, or news of important political events. Since the music was often improvised, there are many lyrics which survive without melodies, whether they were composed by a poet, or written down after having been passed down perhaps for generations. Amyas revive these story-songs using period melodies from England and around Europe and Scandinavia, also incorporating elements of composition, in true bardic tradition. This programme tells a fascinating array of mini-stories, with dance interludes, on subjects as wide ranging as Judas’s betrayal of Christ (from a 13th century manuscript) to Chaucer’s songs of ‘love unreturned’.
Emily Baines and Arngeir Hauksson (Amyas) will be running workshops focussing on medieval repertoire for recorders and plucked string instruments (gitterns, citoles etc). There will also be a joint workshop for children (and parents) - bring your recorders, ukulele, guitars and have some medieval fun together!