Trouvère Medieval Minstrels
Trouvère are medieval musicians Paul Leigh and Gill Page, We have been playing music together for more than ten years, and our particular love is for the music of the high middle ages - the time of the crusades and of the arts of courtly love. We enjoy rediscovering, recreating and re-interpreting the magnificent music of these times, based on thorough historical research alongside our musical experience and understanding. Most recently we have been working on music from the time of the Magna Carta, and we are currently working on expanding our repertoire of English medieval music..
The rich interweaving of strings is perhaps our signature sound, played on the gittern and harp. But we have an amazing array of instruments and also love to combine flutes and harp, bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy, trumpet and shawm ...
We like to give a medieval context to our performances and to that end we often perform in authentic clothes of the period - another of Gill’s enthusiasms!
I studied music at Ripon, where I discovered an interest in medieval music during the course of my degree. I trained as a flautist with classical guitar as a second instrument and naturally now focus on medieval versions of the same, alongside bagpipes and percussion. I am the musical director of Trouvère and like nothing better than to wade through neumes on a facsimile of a medieval manuscript! (Paul)
I’m a medieval historian with a particular interest in crusader states in Greece. My doctorate at Leeds focused on medieval Greek ethnicity and I published my Being Byzantine with CUP in 2008. I have been part of Trouvère since 2000 and play harps and medieval hurdy-gurdy as well as singing. Im in charge of the historical research (and also make most of the costume...) (Gill)
Alongside regular appearances at heritage events as well as private bookings, we have two concert programmes available in 2016. ’The Revel and the Melodye’ presents English music from the 11th to the 15th century, and ’Magna Melodia’ presents music from the time of Magna Carta.