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Sounding out the past

Poet and blogger, Meirion Jordan, reflects on Leah Stuttard’s recent performance of ‘The Wool Merchant and the Harp,’ at Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival, 2013


Sensing the sacred through music: conference review

‘Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800’ was the brainchild of a dynamic team of postgraduates from the University of York’s Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Retelling the Prioress's Tale

When April arrived, with its not-so-sweet showers, I found myself sitting in a tavern at Southwark, surrounded by a motley crew of walkers in medieval dress. Sound familiar? Over the course of four days, this enthusiastic team led by literary walker, Henry Eliot, trod the paths of Chaucer’s pilgrims, telling the Canterbury Tales along a sixty-eight mile route. The opportunity arose for me to tell the Prioress’s Tale, and I seized the chance.

Music, mud…and manuscripts? Medieval contributions to the 2012 Fanø Free Folk Festival

The quiet Danish island of Fanø is not, perhaps, the first place that springs to mind as a venue for a smörgåsbord of experimental music. Yet Fanø certainly out-hipped Soho during the 27th to the 29th of July, when it played host to the Fanø Free Folk Festival. The event is in its third year of showcasing performers who dare to experiment with the traditional.

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