June 2016 - 600 years after Henry Vth's thanksgiving visit to the holy shrine at Holywell
St Bartholomew's Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Photographs courtesy of Richard McBride
Young Tom was with us for the whole day; he played for both parades and for the dancing and kept strict time. He was a joy to work with - well done, Tom!
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
Left to right: Jude Rees (Piva), Tom Goodale (Maranella), Elizabeth Armstrong (Maranella), Eric Moulder (Piva) and Jane Moulder (Piva)
Minstrels' Parade - at the Cross, Chester
photographs courtesy of Christine Widdall
Left to right: Lucille Brain (playing gemshorn); Elizabeth Taylor; Tom Goodale; Elizabeth Armstrong; Marilyn Farrington; Peter Farrington
Elizabeth (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 (bass recorder) and Peter
Bones (both real bone and wooden)
Elizabeth T (tenor recorder)
Elizabeth T. (soprano recorder)
Elizabeth A, Marilyn and Peter
and one of us all together
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