Author: Sue Pope

Another year ended….

Well, where has 2015 gone! Is it only me that thinks is has zoomed by in a flash?!? What a lovely programme of gigs we have had the great fortune to perform at, new friends made and old ones are still there! Check out our Gigs Diary for where we are in 2016! Lots already in there but still plenty of space for us to perform for you!

 

New CD Coming Soon!

Sue, Baz and Rod have been working hard in the studio recording our 3rd CD, “The Crescent and The Cross – Music from the time of the Crusades”. We are excited about this one as it also includes readings from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, reflecting the beautiful art, music and poetry produced during this most violent of historic periods. Keep an eye out – it will be launched at Chetwynd and Tewkesbury Medieval  fairs in July and available from this site and other options soon after.

Talks and Concerts programme 2015

For 2015 we have developed a new series of talks and concert themes to bring any little theatre, concert and village hall to life. Talks and concerts available for local history societies, The Rotary Club and Women’s Institute on request too. If you are looking for an interactive talk with a difference – contact us! Themes can include:

  • A Magical Musical History tour
  • Medieval and Tudor music and dancing
  • Music from the time of The English Civil War
  • Victorian Music
  • The history of Christmas Carols and
  • A Merrie Wassail! A traditional celebration for Solstice time and Christmastide

All are very interactive and involve audience participation! Contact us for further details.

New: A Magical Musical History Tour in 30 Instruments!

Magical Musical History Tour in 30 instruments!

Suitable for Key Stages 2 & 3

Description of session and Key concepts covered:

A fun, chronologically interactive session that explores the history of music through the development and use of instruments and notation from Ancient Times to Victorian England. A look at how musical instruments were made and played; how musical styles reflected changing fashions, the influences of war, religion and foreign exploration. Includes opportunities to try out some instruments, learn period songs and dances too. This session can draw upon local musical influences and famous people to reinforce prior learning and can focus on a particular historic period if required.

You can book A Merrie Noyse (2 costumed musicians in school) for whole or half days sessions. All prices quoted are inclusive of milage. We have enhanced CRB/DBS status and Public Liability Insurance through the Musicians Union. Risk assessments for all activities can also be made available on request.

Depending on the size of your year group or schools, we can work with anything from 10-120 pupils per day in a series of hands on workshops linked to your chosen theme. Why not add archery too with Pheon Archery – look at the page in our menu!

Getting Baroque

We are working up an early and high baroque repertoire ready for next season. Many of our historic properties promote their baroque and rococco heritage and bringing music into these properties actually adds life and atmosphere. There are some lovely tunes and great composers for these periods, including Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli, Handel and the Bach family.

More later, cheers

Baz

Reading Music

This year people have been asking about how we learn to read music. Merrie Noyse Medieval music book and our Tudor Noyse both use the traditional music stave and if you can read music, then they are easy to understand. But do we need to read music in order to play? Clearly the answer is no so what we are planning are audio files to go with the music books. Soon you will be able to log in through this Merrie Noyse site and download Merrie Noyse Medieval Music and Merrie Noyse Tudor Music  MP3 files of the pieces in each book.

 

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