The 2021 Online Festival
March 19th-21st 2021
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Our Online Festival extends over two UK evenings and a full day - in response to feedback from exhausted enthusiasts in September 2020 we have divided things up a bit more and avoided really long days stuffed with content! Hopefully, this more bitesize approach will work well.

And all content will be available in video format, after the event, to ticket holders. So if you can't join us on the day, why not book to enjoy it later?

Our first Online Festival in September 2020 was nevertheless a huge success! Here's what people said:

  • The workshops, the live performances and the talks, and the instrumentarium - what a feast!

  • MMITD re-engaged my musical juices.

  • Like having the festival in my house.

  • For an online event, it was as good as it could be.

  • Really enjoyed it. Stayed inside all weekend despite the sunshine, listening and marvelling...

  • ... not sure I would have been able to attend at the Castle due to accessibility, so this online version was fantastic and I could not have been more satisfied that I came across it.

  • Best thing I’ve attended this year! Thank you.

  • Excellent, greatly enjoyable, educational and informative, and inspiring. My first MMitD (thanks to some enthusiastic recommendations), but not my last.

Friday 19th March, 1900-2200 GMT

Friends and Members Friday

Free - Friends of MMitD and MMitD Members Only

Taking place in the evening UK time, which we hope will make it more possible for our international Friends and MMitD Members to join in! All Friends and MMitD Members will be sent an invitation to the event, which will contain all the links and passwords needed to join in. 

Here's what we've got planned:

  • singalong workshop with our Choirmaster Richard de Winter

  • Meet the Musician: Vicente la Camera Mariño. Many festival regulars will remember Vicente from 2017. He's a simply wonderful harp player and will be performing as well as chatting with us all.

  • Meet the Musician: Katherine Christie Evans. Kate is a regular on the Castle Stages at MMitD; she is possessed of a singularly sweet voice and brings real originality to the interpretation of medieval song. 

  • Meet the Musicians: Paul Leigh of Trouvere has reluctantly agreed to be interviewed about how he got into medieval music, why he likes it and how he approaches it. He'll likely play a little as well, but come with your questions!

If you would like to join us, why not become a Friend or Member of MMitD? More information here

Saturday 20th March, 1800-2200 GMT

Castle Stages and Concert

Tickets £10 Saturday only or £25 for a full weekend ticket

From around 6pm UK time, join us for an evening of musical performance.

Here's what we have planned:

  • 1800-2000: The Castle Stages. Pre-recorded performances from medieval musicians from around the world, many premiering at our Festival. Plus Saeculorum Part One . The first episodes of Trouvere's epic video journey through medieval history and music, with commentary from Gill and Paul.

  • 2000-2200: The Online Concert featuring live performances from

    • Consort of 1 - Lizzie Gutteridge​

    • Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer

    • Vicente la Camera Mariño

    • Katherine Christie Evans

    • Trouvere with Richard de Winter

Sunday 21st March

A day of workshops, presentations and performance

Tickets £20 Sunday only or £25 for a full weekend ticket

From around 11am through to 7pm GMT, a full day of informal learning and musical enjoyment with workshops, presentations and performances.

Here's a timetable for the day.

  • 1100-1230: Welcome, followed by The Castle Stages. Pre-recorded performances from medieval musicians from around the world, many premiering at our Festival. Plus the second part of Trouvere's Saeculorum - a video tour through medieval history illustrated by the music of the times, with commentary from Gill and Paul of Trouvere.

  • 1230-1330 The Medieval Keyed Fiddle. Vicki Swan presents an illustrated and musical history of the medieval keyed fiddle and its descendants

  • 1330-1430. Hocketting - a Workshop with Lizzie Gutteridge. Suitable for both singers and instrumentalists this is very much a have-a-go workshop exploring this peculiar but very satisfying 13th-century genre.

  • 1430-1500A short interval followed by a Castle Stage performance or two.

  • 1500-1600. The Medieval Harp and Lyre. A workshop with Vicente la Camera Mariño, exploring techniques and interpretation. Have your harp or lyre to hand!

  • 1600-1700. Philippe Bolton. A workshop tour and demonstration with the master recorder maker and MMitD regular, from his workshop in Provence.

  • 1700-1730: A short interval followed by a Castle Stage performance or two

  • 1730-1830: Terry Mann. Join the instrument maker, musician and composer live in his Cambridgeshire workshop.

  • 1830-1900: A final visit to the Castle Stages, and the close of the Festival.

Image of the Virtual MMitD Hare developed from a photo by Terje Sollie from Pexels, with thanks.