Sat 10 May 8pm
St Vitus’ Dance
Anne Marie Summers
bagpipes, recorder, voice, hurdy gurdy, shawm
hurdy gurdy, citole, gothic harp, cittern, percussion
Dancing mania arose in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries and involved groups of men, women and children dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time, until they collapsed from exhaustion. Misericordia explore the mad dance music of the Middle Ages – manic Italian istampitas, frantic French estampies, crazy Spanish pilgrim dances and wild carols and dances from the English Gresley manuscript.
Anne Marie Summers and Stephen Tyler have been playing and recording together as
a duo for over two decades, taking some of the earliest scored music and combining
it with the improvisational element of folk music for an exciting and dynamic performance.
They are accomplished multi-
Sat 4 October 8pm
King Lear: Re-
"Tell me my daughters...which of you shall we say doth love us most?"
Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting. With this explosive
and emotive retelling of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, Debs Newbold channels
her love of Shakespeare's language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you
from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre. This riveting and celebrated
adaptation was created for a sell-
Listen, and be immersed both in Shakespeare's incomparable verse and the warm, poetic storytelling that is uniquely Debs' own, and discover why her work with Shakespeare's tales has been hailed “a masterful piece of verbal cinema”.
“An utterly fantastic adaptation...and a wonderful, disciplined, skilled and effortless performance”
Sat 13 December 8pm
Strings, Wheel, and Fingers
Bowed strings are among our oldest musical instruments. The idea of the violin bow
seems to be of Arabic ancestry, but the invention of the hurdy-
Stevie Wishart is a composer, performer and improviser. She explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using voices, ancient technologies such as the hurdy gurdy, and electronic music technologies of our own time. She has composed for modern orchestras and vocal groups and for her own group, Sinfonye. As a composer she works acoustically with music notation, sometimes combined with improvisation, sometimes using computer music systems. She is currently a Visiting Music Fellow at the University of Cambridge with the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice.