Thank you to our audiences at St Peter’s Poole and Broadmayne Village Hall for coming to share our performances with Ars Nova of Cherbourg. A close association between the two groups has developed over the last ten years, and it has been wonderful to be able to enjoy our music making in person again.
This gives an idea of the wonderful time we had during the play, with on-stage music, both live and recorded, singing to the picnickers beforehand and to the audience during the interval. Our thanks to the director, cast and crew for making it so memorable. Also thanks to Feste the Fool for his great performances of our songs and for the good time we had playing the part of ‘Feste’s Noise’.
Photos courtesy of Anthony Short
Thank you to the friendly and responsive audience who came to our ‘Queens and Crownations’ concert on Saturday. Over £100 was raised for the church and we enjoyed making our contribution to the Jubilee Celebrations.
Queens and Crownations
We look forward to welcoming you to our next concert in Broadmayne Village Hall on June 4th. This hour long concert of music from the time of the Tudor Queens, includes a ballad which celebrates the long reign of Elizabeth I, which we have updated for the celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
Masques and Revels
We are looking forward to presenting this hour long concert of music to entertain the Tudor and Jacobean Royal Courts. Quotations and readings of the time describe the events which end with a ‘banquet’ of Tudor delicacies to delight. All welcome.
At short notice, we are delighted to be giving another lunch time concert in Poole, this time in St James’ Church on Thursday 9th September at 1.10pm – 1.50. Please come and enjoy some light-hearted secular music from the sixteenth century.
Viols, recorders, lute and harp, crumhorns, cornetto, shawms and sackbut and voices.
Thank you to all who came to our concerts in July and August. It was lovely to play to such appreciative audiences.
Please have a look at our Winchester Heritage Open Days video when it goes live on 10th September.
We are very glad to be able to rehearse together again and we are busy getting ready for performing in front of a live audience. In advance of our two lunch time concerts in Poole, we are holding two open rehearsals in Broadmayne Village Hall, Dorchester. All are welcome.
As well as the lunch time concerts in Poole in July and August, we plan to video some clips for the Heritage Open Days Festival in September. The theme for 2021 is Edible England. Further details to follow.
With Music Sounding
‘At the first course, the minstrels must sound their instruments …’
For centuries, music and dining have formed a magical partnership to delight the senses. Find out more as we take you through an exploration of the huge range of Tudor dishes of the day across the seasons of the year.
With readings, fascinating instruments and colourful costumes, Courtlye Musick will transport you back in time to hear the music and imagine the delights of some unexpected dishes that you could have experienced at the banquets and festivities of the Tudor court.
The setting for the concert on Sat 7th by Three Cane Whale was this wonderful tiny church at Toller Fratrum. Thank you for allowing Courtlye Musick to be part of the performance and thank you to the audience for making us so welcome.
December is a busy month for us. Our first event is on Sunday 1st at Barrington Court, Illminster. The Tudor House and Gardens are open and there is a Christmas Market being held. (National Trust property admission charges apply). We are due to play informally between 1.30pm – 3pm to entertain visitors to the House as they wander around. We love playing period music on period instruments in historic settings, and hope to add to the atmosphere of the venue with our seasonal Tudor music.
We had a great time last weekend in Broadmayne and at Athelhampton House. Thank you to those who came to our concert in Broadmayne on Saturday. You were a great audience and thanks to your generosity we been able to pass a sum in excess of £150 to the church.
There are shawms, sackbut, cornetto, curtal, recorders, viols, gemshorns, bells and slide-trumpet to be heard at our concert on Saturday 23rd November at Broadmayne Village Hall. Alongside this feast of Tudor seasonal music you can also enjoy some Tudor refreshments.
Courtlye Musick have been baking mince pies, plum tart, marchpane and figgy pudding from original Tudor recipes. Concert interval refreshments with a difference!
We are also to be seen at the Dorset Food and Drink Christmas Fair at Athelhampton House, Puddletown on Sunday 24th November between 10am and 2pm.
Saturday 14th September : Tudor House Museum, Southampton
Admission to the museum is free on this Heritage Open Day 2019 and Courtlye Musick is delighted to be adding to the atmosphere of this historic venue, playing between 11.00 and 16.00.
As part of your exploration of the 800 years of history at the House and Garden, experience some of the instruments and music that might have been heard in the House in Tudor times.
Friday 20th & Sunday 22nd September : Winchester Great Hall
In the magnificent setting of Winchester’s Great Hall, Anita and Martin will give pop-up performances between 13.00 and 14.00 on these two afternoons.
As you take in the historic setting, savour the sounds of period instruments; the strident shawm and sackbut, the strong tone of the cornetto and the serene sound of viols and recorders. Relish the atmosphere, linger awhile and listen to secular music from Tudor times.
The last weekend in September sees Courtlye Musick in collaboration again with our Early Music friends, Ars Nova from Cherbourg.
Friday 27th September : Our joint concert ‘from Dufay to Dowland’ will be performed in Cherbourg starting at 18.30.
Sunday 29th September : the joint concert will also take place at 17.00 in the church at Réville as part of the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Réville.
As part of Poole-Cherbourg Twinning event, Courtlye Musick and Ars Nova are playing at Athelhampton House this afternoon, 19th May, between 2pm and 4pm. Because of the weather we shall be playing in the Great Hall, rather than strolling in the grounds. Please come along and enjoy the atmosphere of period music in this wonderful setting.
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.
Friday 14th September
On Friday afternoon we gave a pop-up concert in the Great Hall in Winchester, entertaining those enjoying ‘heritage’ performances and visitors to the Great Hall.
On Friday and Saturday Courtlye Musick appeared with Queen Elizabeth I, Walter Ralegh and his wife in 2TimeTheatre’s production staged in the Great Hall.
’14th and 15th September 2018
Ralegh stalks the Great Hall once more to great acclaim
Winchester playwright’s ‘passionate and moving’ script
On Friday and Saturday, Sir Walter Ralegh once again walked in the Great Hall in Winchester where he was tried for treason in 1603. 2TimeTheatre staged an original one-act play about this charismatic adventurer, poet and pirate in this unique setting in the 400th anniversary year of his execution for treason.
Accompanied by renaissance music group, Courtlye Musick, and directed by Alice Kornitzer, Jilly Bond (Elizabeth I), Adam Kotz (Ralegh) and Lizzie Garland (Bess) brought Rachel O’Neill’s script to vibrant and dramatic life over three sell-out performances as part of Winchester Heritage Open Days Festival of history and culture.’
Dorset Food fair at Athelhampton House on 24th November 2018 was an occasion for Courtlye Musick to play informally in the dining room of the house where we could play and talk to members of the public as they looked round the house. It is always wonderful to play period instruments in an historic setting such as this.
In October 2017 we played at ‘Stur of the Moment’ in Sturminster Newton for a ‘Shakespeare readings and tea’. It was a delightful event and mention must be made of the attention to historic detail in the preparation of the food that we enjoyed after the performance, particularly the caramelised apple and carrot with rose water – delicious! This is a comment we received afterwards:
“I just want to say how much I (and everybody else) enjoyed your performance, together with authentic music and instruments, at the Stur of the Moment café in Sturminster yesterday. I was one of the readers, and I know that the event would not have reached quite such heights without your wonderful input. It was exquisite”.
Courtlye Musick enjoyed playing in the Westgate Museum in Winchester on 9th September 2017 during Heritage Week, using our quieter instruments such as viols and recorders. At one stage the small room seemed to be full of people sitting on the floor to listen.
Filmed in July whilst the museum was closed for it’s renovations, this month we appeared on the One Show, playing within touching distance of the Mary Rose ship. Anita demonstrated the deep tone of the ‘still shawm’, and Anne played the 3-hole-pipe and tabor. Presenter Richard Mainwaring was particularly impressed by Anne’s ability to keep a steady rhythm whilst playing the melody line.
This was a unique opportunity for us. It was wonderful to play our replicas of the instruments found on the ship so close to the vessel itself.
Courtlye Musick gave workshops in schools and an evening concert in St Peter’s Church as part of the Arlesey Music and Art Festival on Friday 21st October 2016.
During the day we spent the morning with Year 8 from Etonbury Academy who were experiencing a ‘Tudor’ day. We introduced them to the music and instruments of Shakespeare’s time as heard in the streets, at Court and on stage, but they took part in performances themselves, singing and playing.
During the afternoon we gave a short ‘Teddy Bear’ concert to the children at Gothic Mede school who enjoyed the story of Tudor Teddy going to London to learn about the musicians at the court of Henry VIII.
The day ended with the concert in the lovely, historic church of St Peter’s. An appreciative audience enjoyed secular music spanning the sixteenth century played on our huge collection of instruments.
Courtlye Musick enjoyed taking part in BOAT’s production 2016 of The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Brownsea Island during the summer. The group provided the recorded music for the production and performed on stage singing and playing recorders, viol, crumhorns, shawms, cornetto, curtal and pipe and tabor. The song ‘Who is Silvia’ was composed specially for this production.
A number of costume changes kept us busy backstage.
Courtlye Musick celebrated Mayday 2015 with a visit to our French colleagues, “Ars Nova”, in Cherbourg. We gave an impromptu open rehearsal in a large Cherbourg church which attracted an attentive audience. We enjoyed playing together and are putting together a joint venture loosely based on melodies found in the Bayeux Manuscript.
In the past year Courtlye Musick have taken delivery of their new early 16th century “Linarol” viols from the Scottish maker Richard Jones. We are enjoying discovering repertoire that suits these wonderful instruments including Tenor Songs (three viols and voice) from the late 15th and early 16th centuries and rediscovering works from the Henry VIII manuscript. The collection comprises Tenor viols in A and G, a Bass in D and a Great Bass in A which allows flexibility and variety in our choice of music.
A fortnight after collecting the largest of the new viols they were being used at the Leicester Early Music Festival in a concert featuring music for Richard III at Castle House. Martin and Anita played a half-hour concert which included music by composers such as Dunstable, Dufay and Josquin, French music from the Bayeux manuscript and English music from the Fayrfax and Henry VIII manuscripts.
Courtlye Musick adventure to France 2013