Tudor Fest 2019

This year, Courtlye Musick will be welcoming Ars Nova to Dorset again, but we’re extending the weekend and inviting some new friends and musical colleagues.

We start our Tudor Fest on Friday 10th May in St Martin’s Church, Broadmayne. There, we’ll be joined by Saxtet, a saxophone quintet, to give us a completely different approach to early music. This is your chance to hear early instruments in concert with the modern, combining forces in Tudor dance music and even exchanging ‘blows’ in Susato’s Battle Pavane. The concert will include authentic Tudor delights and the Saxiest version of Greensleeves you’ve ever heard.

Then on Sunday 12th May, we contrast this with the serenity of an evensong concert, also in St Martin’s Church, Broadmayne. The Barn Choir will join us in this concert, bringing a contemplative selection of mostly sacred Tudor pieces for voices and period instruments.

For both of these short concerts, donations to the church are welcomed.

The following weekend, Courtlye Musick once more play host to Ars Nova, the Early Music group from Cherbourg.

Friday 17th May will find us in the Town Hall, above the Corn Exchange in Dorchester for a lunch break concert, supported by the Dorchester-Bayeux Society. Join us to hear our old favourites played on an exciting range of authentic instruments. Donations welcomed.

If this whets your appetite, please join us for coffee and cakes on Saturday 18th May at an open rehearsal in Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Road, from 10:30am. All are welcome to come and listen, talk to the members of Courtlye Musick and Ars Nova about the music and the instruments and enjoy the refreshments. Donations welcomed (so are cakes!).

On Saturday 18th May, our main event is a concert supported by the Poole-Cherbourg Twinning Association at St James’ Parish Church, Poole starting at 7:00 pm. ‘From Dufay to Dowland’ will feature vocal and instrumental music spanning the 15th and 16th centuries from the medieval courts of Burgundy, Europe and the Tudor courts of England. Colourful costumes will add to the atmosphere and there’ll be the opportunity to hear a variety of fascinating period instruments. Tickets for the concert cost £10 and can be obtained in advance or on the door. The event is suitable for the whole family.

Finally, on Sunday 19th May, we take a stroll through the gardens of Athelhampton House, near Puddletown, from 2-4pm. Join us for some impromptu songs and music and enjoy the atmosphere. Normal admission charges apply, see https://www.athelhampton.com/ and subject to weather.

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