Trouvere 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.
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!
We had a great summer in 2020. It was in many ways the Summer of Reynard, which was taken up by English Heritage at quite a few of their big tournament events. We particularly enjoyed our six days at the Legendary Joust at Carisbrooke Castle. Another highlight was our concert performance of Reynard at Reeth Memorial Hall for the Swaledale Festival in May. We don't often get to perform on a stage with lighting and all that - it was a blast, and also Sold Out!
We were also really pleased with the success of programme themed around the life of William Marshal - 'The Marshal's Music'. We took this to Ilkley Manor House, the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, Chepstow Castle and of course Medieval Music in the Dales. Our last outing is at Marks Tey on November 3rd, for Colchester Early Music.
Medieval Music in the Dales was a total success. We were so pleased to bring Ensemble Céladon, Joglar and Jaufré Darroux from France to perform at the festival alongside Maiden in the Moor, Company of Voices and Iuchair. It was generally agreed to be our best concert series yet. The festival was themed around William Marshal and we were joined by our favourite reenactment group, The Household, who really brought the twelfth century to life. We produced the festival's first Tune Book - a collection of twenty cracking medieval tunes edited to be as user-friendly as possible!
We also produced our latest songbook - A Chantar, a collection of the songs of the troubadours and trouveres. We're really pleased with it. We haven't decided on the next one yet! But this winter is as usual a time to consolidate existing material and develop new repertoire and themes, so something will surely occur. We have three new programmes in development so there's plenty to keep us busy over the next few months. English Legends looks at four different fascinating figures from medieval England and combines storytelling with medieval music. Becket's Music tells the life story of Thomas Becket - 2020 is the 750th anniversary of his death - with music the great politician-archbishop might have known. And Tournament at Chauvency is a really ambitious project which we'll be unveiling at MMitD 2020. Its a combination of music, storytelling and dance, based around the fascinating thirteenth century poem all about a tournament and the various entertainments happening around it.
We hope to see you at one or other of our events in 2020! The calendar below gives the dates so far of our public events, with many more to follow as they are confirmed over the next few months.
Here's what we are up to over the coming months. More events are being confirmed all the time, so watch this space.
All the events listed here are public events, although some are ticketed and you might need to contact the relevant organisation in advance. It would be great to see you!
Concert: The Marshal's Music for the Colchester Early Music at St Andrew's Mark's Tey. Tickets here.
At The Original Reenactors Market, Ryton on Dunsmore.
A Medieval Christmas at Guildford Castle. For Past Pleasures.
Medieval Music at Chepstow Castle
Medieval Music at Furness Abbey, for the Furness Abbey Fellowship.
Medieval Music at the Museum, at Cliffe Castle, for Bradford Museums and Galleries
Reynard the Fox, for English Heritage: Medieval Kenilworth at Kenilworth Castle
Reynard the Fox at English Heritage's Legendary Joust at Old Sarum.
Medieval Music at English Heritage's Legendary Joust at Belsay Hall.
Medieval Music at English Heritage's Knight's Tournament at Dover Castle.
Medieval Music at English Heritage's Legendary Joust at Scarborough Castle.
English Legends for English Heritage's Legendary Joust at Eltham Palace.
English Legends for English Heritage's Legendary Joust at Carisbrooke Castle.
Medieval Music for English Heritage's Legendary Joust at Bolsover Castle.
Becket's Music at the Furness Abbey Medieval Fair
Medieval Music in the Dales at Bolton Castle