We are now confident that Medieval Music in the Dales 2021 will go ahead! We have had to make a few changes, and the new programme is outlined below. If you had booked for 2021 I will be in touch with you in May to sort out changes, refunds etc. Any questions, please just get in touch

Medieval Music in the Dales 2021: A Dance In Italy

This year at Medieval Music in the Dales our focus was to be on medieval dancing, and music from Italy. However, we have taken the difficult decision to put most of the dance-focused events on hold for now, because of the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. We have rescheduled our dance content for 2023.

There is still a wonderful variety of musical performances and workshops. This is what's on offer:

  • Daytime concerts from Woodwose, Gaita, Amyas and Trouvere. Each concert will be offered twice over the weekend so that we can hopefully fit everyone in!

  • An evening concert featuring all four concert performers, on both Friday and Saturday - again, to allow for maximum audiences.

  • Exhibition of instruments by leading UK makers

  • Medieval-themed family activities on Saturday and Sunday

  • Twelve workshops, including the ever-popular Festival Choir, who will work towards a short performance in the Sunday finale

  • Talks on medieval music

  • One-to-One Tutor Sessions

  • Beer tent offering a more ventilated and safer space for socialising into the evening

  • Loads of informal playing

 

The best way to attend the Festival is to get a Festival Pass. ONLY Festival Pass Holders can attend workshops and ONLY Festival Pass Holders can access the castle and the Beer Tent outside normal castle opening hours.

Festival Pass Holders only need to pay extra for the evening concerts, workshops (and the Summer School if you are attending that). 

f you haven't got a Festival Pass you need to pay (in the usual way) for daytime access to the Castle (price information here) and for evening concerts. You cannot attend any workshops, and you cannot access the festival outside normal castle opening hours.

These listings are accurate at the time of listing - they may be subject to change but it should be minimal!

Online Elements

Some elements of our Festival will be broadcast live online; these and other elements will also be available as recordings after the weekend itself. Online tickets will therefore also be available, to access this digital content. Elements that will also be available online are marked in the listings below thus: (OL). 

There may also be some elements available only online - we are still working on ideas, so watch this space.

 
Concerts
 

All concerts this year take place in the Great Chamber of Bolton Castle. All concerts are free with a Festival Pass, although the evening concerts need to be specifically booked through the Festival Box Office. 

The Great Chamber offers a large and well-ventilated space for concerts, and audience numbers will be limited to a safe maximum for each performance.

Woodwose: Per Quella Strada Lactea (OL)

with guest Nuño Silva, from Portugal

Friday 1pm, Sunday 2.30pm

Katy Marchant: bagpipes, recorders

Steve Tyler: hurdy gurdy, citole, cittern, gothic harp

Katherine Christie Evans: voice, gittern

Ricardo de Noronha: percussion, fujara 

Nuno Silva: Persian santur, oud 

 

A concert celebrating the rich sumptuous tapestry of Italian 14th century music, both instrumental and accompanied voice. Played and performed with passion and the spirit of adventure and improvisation on hurdy gurdy, Persian santur, bagpipes, recorders, gothic harp, gittern, and percussion. Featuring compositions by notable composers of the day including Johannes Ciconia, Gherardello da Firenze, Francesco Landini, anonymous examples from the Codex Rossi and the famous dances of MS. Add 29987.

Woodwose are also playing in both evening concerts

Woodwose for MMitD 2020 vers 3.jpg

Gaita: Days of the Decameron (OL)

Friday 2.30pm, Saturday 1pm

Italian four.jpg

Cait Webb: harp, shawm, script 
Chris Elmes: lute, gittern, bagpipes, shawm
Helena MacGilp: voice, lute, percussion
Theodora Hidalgo: medieval viol
Ruth Pollitt: narration, shawm, recorders

Gaita are Scotland's leading medieval ensemble and are regulars at Medieval Music in the Dales with hugely popular dance workshops as well as musical performances. This year they present music and tales from medieval Italy, with a programme of stories from Boccaccio's Decameron mingled with the music of the time. 

Gaita are also playing in both evening concerts, when they are also giving brief performances of medieval dances

Amyas: Delirium: The Darker Side of Dancing (OL)

Friday 4pm, Saturday 2.30pm

Emily Baines: recorder, voice, bagpipe

Arngeir Hauksson: gittern, lute

Dancing, so often an effusive outpouring of joy and facilitator of social bonds,

has a darker side into which Amyas delve in this performance. From the hysterical

epidemic of estampies sweeping Europe in the 14th C, the 13th C pied-piper

luring away unsuspecting children, to the balletic balm for the bite of the despotic

tarantula in the 15th C and the ubiquitous ‘dance of death’ in which humans are all

entwined, this programme invites a different way of perceiving the often mesmerising and infectious nature of many surviving medieval dances. Featuring a spellbinding mix of spoken word, surviving dance melodies, and Amyas’s own constructed

dance forms using other medieval musical sources.

Amyas are also playing in both evening concerts.

amyas collage.jpg

Trouvere: A Dance in Naples (OL)

Saturday 4pm, Sunday 1pm

Paul Leigh: gittern, lute, flutes

Gill Page: harps, voice, percussion

Richard de Winter: voice

In the last decades of the thirteenth century, Naples was capital of a brilliant and ambitious kingdom under the Angevin kings. One of the great monuments of this kingdom is the Chansonnier du Roi, the songbook of the King, which was likely created to be a gift for William II of the Morea, but ended up in Naples. As well as its unrivalled collection of the music of the troubadours and trouveres, this Chansonnier also contains the earliest European instrumental dance tunes. Trouvere take you to the glittering court of Naples for songs and instrumental music.

Trouvere are also playing in both evening concerts.

WP_20170703_19_59_54_Pro.jpg

The Evening Concerts: 7.30pm, Friday and Saturday, The Great Chamber (OL) 

The Medieval Music in the Dales evening concerts are a highlight of the festival, and this year feature shorter sets from all four concert performers.

Tickets £15, available through the Box Office.​

Workshops, Talks & One-to-Ones
 

Remember that you must have a Festival Pass for the day of any workshop you want to attend. Please also take a look at the LISTINGS and check the level (Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced) of the workshops you are interested in.

Every Day:

The Festival Choir, led by Richard de Winter

This was such a big hit last year that it had to be repeated. This year the Choir will sing laude and ballate - Italian spiritual and secular songs. On Sunday the Festival Choir will perform in the Festival Finale, where they will also sing to accompany the Festival Carolers.

Richard de Winter sings with Trouvere and Passamezzo and is a highly experienced choral singer. 

11.30am-12.15pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in St Oswald's Church

£20 for the whole course.

Friday:

In the Church

10-11.30am: Recorders, with Emily Baines. £15.

11-30am-12.30pm: Festival Choir (see above). 

In Lord Scrope's Chamber

9-10am: Beginner Shawms, with Lizzie Gutteridge. Instruments provided. £10.

10-11.30am: Drumming for Dancing, with Terry Mann. £15.

11.30am-1pm: Plucked strings, with Arngeir Haukssoon. £15

In the Great Chamber

10.15-11am: Talk: An Introduction to Medieval Music, with Gill Page, Director of MMitD and member of Trouvere. Free. (OL)

5.30-7pm: Medieval Music and Turkish Modes, with Nuno Silva of Woodwose. £15.

In the Church

9.30-10.30am: Beginner Bagpipes, with Paul Leigh. £10

11-30am-12.30pm: Festival Choir (see above). 

In Lord Scrope's Chamber

9-10.30am: Frame Drumming, with Ricardo de Noronha of Woodwose. £15.

In the Great Chamber

10.15-11am: Talk: An Introduction to Medieval Music, with Gill Page, Director of MMitD and member of Trouvere. Free. (OL)

5.30-7pm: Ensemble Playing for Loud Instruments, with Lizzie Gutteridge. £15.

In the Marquee

10-11am: Activity Session: Making a Simple Medieval Outfit. A workshop for children (with their adult servants). Suggested donation £2

11am:12 noon: Activity Session: Making a Medieval Wall Hanging. A workshop for everyone! Suggested donation £2

1-2pm: Activity Session: Making a Simple Medieval Outfit. A workshop for children (with their adult servants). Suggested donation £2

2-3pm: Activity Session: Making a Medieval Wall Hanging. A workshop for everyone! Suggested donation £2

In the Church

9-10.15am: Medieval Harp for Beginners, with Gill Page.  £10.

10.30-11.30: The Medieval Dance of Death, with Natasha Coombs. Free.

11-30am-12.30pm: Festival Choir (see above). 

In the Great Chamber

11am-12.30pm: Pied Piper Medieval Music Workshop for children (with their adult servants), with Amyas. £5

In Lord Scrope's Chamber

9.30-11am: Playing for the Bassadanza, with Chris Elmes. £15.

11am-12.30pm: Medieval Bagpipes, with Paul Martin. £15.

In the Marquee

10-11am: Activity Session: Making a Simple Medieval Outfit. A workshop for children (with their adult servants). Suggested donation £2

11am:12 noon: Activity Session: Making a Medieval Wall Hanging. A workshop for everyone! Suggested donation £2

1-2pm: Activity Session: Making a Simple Medieval Outfit. A workshop for children (with their adult servants). Suggested donation £2

2-3pm: Activity Session: Making a Medieval Wall Hanging. A workshop for everyone! Suggested donation £2

Saturday:
Sunday:

This year we are also featuring One-to-One Tutoring Sessions with experienced players and teachers. These offer the chance of a session of personal tuition. More information HERE, but our tutors this year are:

Emily Baines: Recorder, Bagpipes

Lizzie Gutteridge: Shawm, Bowed Strings, Recorder

Arngeir Hauksson: Lute, Gittern, Oud

Paul Leigh: Transverse Flute, Beginner Bagpipes (SORRY, PAUL IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)

Terry Mann: Pipe & Tabor, Frame Drums

Paul Martin: Bagpipes, Jaw Harp (SORRY, PAUL IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)

Steve Tyler: Hurdy-Gurdy

Richard de Winter: Voice

Other Stuff...
 

The Grand Festival Finale (OL)

This will take place outside (weather permitting) around 4pm on Sunday - if the weather is inclement, we will move to the Great Chamber and will consequently have to watch numbers more than if we were outside.  The Grand Finale of the Festival will featuring music from the Festival Choir as well as instrumentalists and singers from the Summer School. The all-important Raffle will be drawn and we are also planning an exciting Auction to raise funds for Medieval Music in the Dales. Plus the Big Group Photo - the more the merrier!

 

And then there's the completely informal playing scene in the Beer Tent on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights after the Castle closes to the public. It's not to be missed - and is open only to Festival Pass holders.

Festival Pass Holders are welcome in the Beer Tent every evening after the Castle closes. This might not have quite the atmosphere of our usual smoke-filled Tavern, but we can surely make it rock! Loud music (bagpipes, drums, shawms etc) to 10pm only please as we need to be a bit more aware of local residents as we are outside the Castle.

We will not be able to hold our usual Cabaret & Ceilidh on Sunday night in the Castle, but we are hoping to have a more informal scene in the Great Chamber on Sunday evening. More information later.

 

cabaret - buffet.jpg
tavern 9.jpg