Workshop: Music for Medieval Street Band
The International Guild of Town Pipers, Blondel & Colchester Early Music present:
The IGTP would like to invite players of Medieval loud winds (shawms, slide trumpets, sackbuts & cornetts as well as capped reeds) for a one day workshop exploring repertoire from the 14th & 15th centuries. Other instruments such as bagpipes and recorders can be used in some sessions. The workshop will be led by leading wind players in the field of Medieval wind playing from Blondel – Belinda Paul, Lizzie Gutteridge & Emily Baines.
Programme of events:
Emily’s morning ornamentation session will give some ideas of how you can elaborate on your part in Medieval music with a variety of types of ornaments including gracing as well as divisions.
Belinda and Emily’s “Medieval avant-garde” session is a chance to dip your toes in at the more extreme edges of Medieval writing: crazy canons, wacky harmonies, polyrhythm and polytonality, macaronic motets and melodies that invert on themselves. We’ll start gently and see where we end up! Recorder and string players are welcome to join this session.
The final tutti session will offer the opportunity for a final play through of favourite pieces from the day’s workshops. Participants will also be able to find out some of what happened in the sessions in which they were not present and may be able to compare different versions of the same pieces.
In addition there will be a concert by Blondel in the church the following afternoon as part of the Colchester Early Music series (19th November, 2.30-3.30pm, see below). Workshops participants will be entitled to a £1 discount on concert tickets. Please see www.colchesterearlymusic.org.uk for further details.
Belinda Paul studied modern oboe at the VCA (University of Melbourne.). She won a scholarship to study baroque and classical oboe in the Netherlands with Frank de Bruine and Ku Ebbinge. Now based in London, she plays with orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort & Players and La Stagione Frankfurt. She has recorded with the Academy of Ancient Music, Ex Cathedra and The Hanover Band; her operatic engagements include a stint at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Theatre and the Utrecht Festival. Belinda has performed many of the major romantic orchestral works both in the UK and abroad. She studied romantic oboe with Marcel Ponseele, topping her year at Philippe Herreweghe’s Abbaye aux Dames course in France. She has appeared with I Fagiolini and The City Musick, and taken part in in the West End transfer of the Globe’s production of Richard III, and in the National Theatre’s production of Everyman.
Lizzie Gutteridge took up playing shawm as a part of the historical re-enactment movement to re-form Waits bands throughout the country, then decided to pursue it further and make it her main occupation. Since 2007 Lizzie has studied with some of the country’s leading Renaissance wind players at Cambridge and Dartington summer schools and at Guildhall. She plays a wide range of other historical instruments, including bagpipes, recorders, curtals and fiddles. Lizzie now performs up and down the country, in and out of historical costume, as a member of Blondel and The York Waits. Freelance engagements have included the West End transfer of the Globe’s “Nell Gwynn”, “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” at the Wanamaker Theatre, performances in Morocco and London with Passamezzo, and large scale events at Hampton Court and the Tower of London. She is a trustee of the International Guild of Town Pipers.
Emily Baines is a freelance player of historical/folk woodwinds, soprano singer and musical director. She trained in recorder and singing at the University of Hull, the Royal Conservatory The Hague, and most recently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has worked as a guest lecturer at GSMD and the University of Hull and is now studying as a scholarship student on GSMD’s Doctoral Programme. Emily performs for many period instrument ensembles and contemporary groups including the Gabrieli Consort, BREMF Renaissance Players, L’Avventura London and The Harp Consort. She is a co-founder of Blondel, The Fellowshippe of Musickers and The Musicians of London Wall. She was Musical Director of Jessica Swayle’s “Nell Gwynn” at the Apollo Theatre and the Globe, and has performed in/directed productions with Jericho House, Just Enough Theatre Companies, the Globe (Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Broadway transfers of Twelfth Night and Richard III).