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 twelfth century material including songs from Norman Sicily, and the thirteenth century ’Chansonnier du Roi’.
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 typically perform in authentic clothes of the period - another of Gill’s enthusiasms!
I encountered medieval music in the course of my music degree, when I ended up writing my dissertation on the modern reception of medieval music. The modal nature of medieval melody and harmony is particularly pleasing and fascinating for me. (Paul)
I’m a medieval historian with a particular interest in crusader states in Greece. Exploring the musical background to the period is really fulfilling for me. (Gill)
Alongside regular appearances at heritage events as well as private bookings and school workshops, we have two concert programmes available in 2014-15. ’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.