Author: Sue Pope

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.

 

Medieval Minstrels meet Tettenhall

Tettenhall Round Table hosted their 2014 ladies night with a medieval theme. We provided medieval music, song and dance. The response was fantastic and a great night of medieval music and dance went down well.

Richard and the other table members performed a medieval merriments to the delight of all.

 

 

Great summer, lovely autumn

What a great season! Performed at Sittingbourne for their first Mops fair in 300 years, a lovely party in Salisbury and to top it all performed for Evensong at Kings College Chapel! We love being medieval musicians!

Where has the time gone!

Wow! Cosmeston Medieval Fair, Church Stretton and Tewkesbury Medievals Festivals, a couple of weddings and a few schools too. A wonderfully busy few months. Plus, this summer saw the official launch of Badde Habyt, our new medieval inspired rock band! Check us out at www.baddehabyt.co.uk

 

Another great wedding….

Back in September we played at a lovely wedding at St Elizabeth’s House in Plympton near Plymouth. The lovely Louise and James, who also happen to be superb historic dancers invited us to be part of their special day…and very special it was too. Check out their dance group on our links page.

Next on the cards? A couple of gigs at Warwick Castle, then the annually brilliant Robin Hood Festival at Nottingham Castle and then Aston Hall by Candlelight with Diabolus in Musica. Bring it on!

 

 

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