From Dukes of Ferrara to Castello Sannazzaro

The Leominster Early Music weekend in March seems a very long time ago.  The run up to Easter is the busy time for viola da gamba players - too many notes to practise and no time for blog updating! The Border Voices Vivat Hercules! concert with Evelyn Tubb was exhilarating and we had a large [...]

Music for the Dukes of Ferrara – the composers and works

We will be joining Border Voices and Evelyn Tubb in a concert of wonderful renaissance music on 17th March in Leominster Priory. In this blog, David Hatcher has written fascinating and informative notes about the composers and sublime repertoire that we will be performing that evening. Please do come if you can - we would love to see [...]

Music for the Dukes of Ferrara

Here is some fascinating background information about the colourful lives of the Este family that David has prepared for the concert on 17th March in Leominster Priory. Part 2 about the music will be published shortly! The city of Ferrara, in northern Italy, enjoyed a golden age from the late fifteenth century, lasting just over [...]

Leominster Early Music Festival Weekend

Here are two stunning posters for the festival. It should be a very good occasion with plenty of exciting events including the wonderful dancers, Mary Collins and Steven Player as well as father and son duo David and Simon Ponsford. For more information have a look at the brochure. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hawkwood residency 28th January – 1st February

It was such a privilege to have five uninterrupted days, well, apart from eating the superb food of course, at Hawkwood College to just play the collection of renaissance viols in a variety of combinations and tunings. We took the chance to really get to grips with the skills required to read from early 16th [...]