Recording songs from the Fugger Manuscript

From 26th to 29th October we recorded the second disk of music from Ms. 18 810. We had the pleasure to be joined by James Gilchrist singing the texted pieces and En-Ming Lin on tenor viol. After the weekend’s success of the Crowdfunder appeal it was wonderful to be actually playing the music.

We recorded in the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sherborne, Gloucestershire, with its beautiful acoustic. It is set in the the magnificent Sherborne Park with the river Windrush running through and has the most classy village shop imaginable: it must be stocked by Fortnum and Mason.

We played in the east end with our ‘all listening’ and very patient producer and engineer, Adrian Hunter, locked away in the tower room at the other end of the church.

James has enjoyed getting to grips with early German pronunciation and has been extensively helped by Oxford University professor Henrike Lähnemann. Thank you so much Henrike!

The first day we were joined by En-Ming, aka Tim and worked on the 5 part instrumental pieces and Sennfl’s fabulous Die prünlein die da fliessen, the only piece in the manuscript for 6 parts.

We enjoyed bringing these marvellous 16th century songs to life and are looking forward to hearing the results.

We must thank Angel Early Music, the Rainbow Dickinson Trust for their generous support, and you too for making it possible through the crowdfunder!

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