pictures of the band at various events
Maranella played throughout the staff lunch hour(s) and we were delighted to see how much the music was appreciated - we even inspired some people to dance!
After playing at the market we went to see the wonderful Talonted Feathers falconry display
Thanks to Rob Davis for introducing us to his wonderful birds of prey and for the photos
Elizabeth with Barn Owl
Marilyn with Little Owl
Peter with magnificent Eagle Owl
A fabulous, long weekend of medieval music and merry making, the highlight of our whole year
Friday afternoon after our open stage spot in the gardens
... and with Gill Page
Playing in the Medieval Tavern
... and again
... and again
Elizabeth T., Elizabeth A. and Ged
Lucille and Elizabeth T. off duty
Playing in one of the workrooms off the courtyard
... and again
... and again
June 2016 - 600 years after Henry Vth's thanksgiving visit to the holy shrine at Holywell
Friday evening at the well
Playing in Holywell town centre on Saturday
Peter and Marilyn - town centre, Saturday
... and a relaxed group photo at the end of the day
St Bartholomew's Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Photographs courtesy of Richard McBride
Playing outside as guests arrive
The medieval jester / stilt-walker / juggler / fire-eater! Wow!!!
(Above) the view from the rear of the hall ...
... and the minstrels' view from behind the high table
(Above) one of the beautiful candelabra and (below) view of the hall after the feast!
(Above) the jester and (below) pictures of the minstrels playing during the feast
(Below) our storyteller Tom Goodale telling the story of Dame Ragnald
(Below) guests enjoying the dancing ...
... and the band enjoying playing for them
... and, lastly, the glorious table setting in the candlelit hall
(below) dancing in the sunshine - view of the band from behind the dancers
(Below)Three of Maranella's Minstrels with Tommy, aged 6, who was as good as gold. He played percussion in both parades of the minstrels and also for both sets of dancing, kept strict time and was a real joy to work with. Well done Tom!
(Above) an interesting angle!
We played three one-hour sets in the giant marquee while the
public wandered round drooling over the medieval banquet, chatting to
the knight in armour about the grisly details of Richard's death,
buying medieval pottery and bric-a-brac and generally getting into the
whole War of the Roses theme
This video was taken during one of the busiest periods of the day
... and here is a picture from the Leicester Mercury
Our lovely Elizabeth T stayed on in Leicester after the rest of us came home and this picture shows her in the medieval chapel of De Montfort University where she played to the delight of the visitors. Here she is in full fig as Lady Elizabeth Howard (daughter of the Duke of Norfolk and contemporary of Richard III), not too far a stretch of the imagination since her name really was Elizabeth Howard before she
We were asked to take part in the Chester
Fringe 'PopUps' and here we are 'popping up' on Bridge Street Row.
We drew a huge crowd of bemused shoppers and tourists - I don't think any of us has ever been photographed so much before; strange to think we will 'pop-up' in photograph albums all over the world!
Many thanks to Rose Price for inviting us to take part in this very enjoyable event (in spite of the heavy rain during part of the afternoon - we found out how waterproof medieval clothing is!)
A better photograph in better light
On Eastgate Row (opposite St Weburgh Street) where we made our last 'pop-up' appearance. We also played in the Wesleyan Centre in St John Street, at the Tudor House Cafe in Lower Bridge Street and in the Roman Amphitheatre
Interestingly, one chap came up to me and said 'of course, what we see of Chester around us today is largely medieval so it's particularly good to see a set of medieval musicians playing here. Perhaps people will see more than just Roman soldiers when they think of Chester'
Photo courtesy of Jeff Price
A passer-by, Rosalind, took this photo of us
outside the Tudor House Cafe on Lower Bridge Street and very kindly
sent it to me
She said I enjoyed your music - I am actually a trained opera singer and a music teacher and it's great to see authentic music going on - keep playing."
A glorious late summer afternoon to remember forever - playing for a medieval themed wedding in the 'Bombed Out Church' in Liverpool - what a setting!
Here we are with the bride, Helen, at her magical medieval themed wedding at the Bombed Out Church in Liverpool
Lucille, Ged (Elizabeth A's husband), Elizabeth A, Marilyn, Peter and Tom enjoying watching one of the other bands before our own spot in the afternoon
Musicioners with their licenses
(no fear of arrest for playing music during the next 12 months!)
Left to right: Jude Rees (Piva), Tom Goodale (Maranella), Elizabeth Armstrong (Maranella), Eric Moulder (Piva) and Jane Moulder (Piva)
Minstrels' Parade - at the Cross
Marilyn (lute) and Peter (tabor)
photographs courtesy of Christine Widdall
Maranella's merry minstrels, left to right: Lucille Brain, here playing the
gemshorn; Elizabeth Taylor; Tom Goodale; Elizabeth Armstrong; Marilyn Farrington; Peter Farrington
The weather was superb, warm and sunny and we had a fabulous time playing in the sunshine and wandering around the stalls
Elizabeth (playing her Friedrich von Huene soprano recorder) and Marilyn (lute)
Elizabeth T., Lucille and Tom
An ever smiling Lucille playing the timbrel ...
... and the harp ...
... and temple bells ...
... and nakers
Marilyn and Peter
Since Peter is singing and Marilyn playing bass recorder then this must be either Miri It is or Sumer Is Icumen In
Tom playing his beautiful Magerum harp
... and bones (both real bone and wooden)
Elizabeth Taylor with her fabulous Mollenhauer Kynseker tenor recorder
... and her Mollenhauer Dream soprano recorder
A family thing ...
Elizabeth, Marilyn and Peter
(daughter, mum and dad!)
and one of us all together
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