medieval minstrels

Trouvere are medieval musicians Paul Leigh and Gill Page

We have been playing music together for nearly 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. We are also the directors of Medieval Music in the Dales - the UK's only festival of 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, whistles and drums...

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!

As life returns to normal after the strangeness of the pandemic, Trouvere will be back on the road performing at various venues and historic sites around the country and we very much look forward to seeing you all out and about.  Do swing by for a chat if we happen to be performing near you!

We have a new album out! - 'Star of the Sea' a collection of music from the 13th century court of King Alfonso X.  A marvellous array of praise songs to Santa Maria.  Richard de Winter joins us on this new recording to sing three of the beautiful songs and Gill Page speaks the language of the Galician Portuguese set against music from the cantigas performed on our wide array of medieval instruments.  'Star of the Sea' is now available for streaming and digital download.  We are also planning to release our 2018 album 'Instrumentarium' album on CD later in the year.  Many folks have asked about a hardcopy and we are happy to oblige. 

This year we look forward to another iteration of Medieval Music in the Dales, our annual festival of medieval music at Bolton Castle in the Yorkshire Dales.  This year, the focus is on women in medieval music.  We have a splendid array of performers, workshops, luthiers, castle stage performers and of course the ever popular tavern - more information here.

We are in the process of updating our calendar below to show all the public events we currently know about for this year. Everything is of course subject to change so feel free to check with us before heading out! 

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2022 CALENDAR

All the events listed here are public events, although these days many are ticketed and you might need to contact the relevant organisation in advance. It would be great to see you!

Events for 2022

3rd April - Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
15th-18th April - Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
24th April - Temple Newsam, Leeds
30th April - 2nd May - Richmond MayFest, North Yorkshire
14th-15th May - Cheptstow Castle, Monmouthshire
30th-31st July - Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
2nd-4th August - Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
6th-10th August - Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
13th-14th August - Eltham Palace, South East London
27th-29th August - Beeston Castle, Cheshire
3rd September - Furness Abbey, Cumbria
9th-11th September - Medieval Music in the Dales, Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire