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!

Winter is coming, as they say, which means we are hunkering down to hibernate in our Yorkshire lair... Well, to be honest, we are out and about at a few private gigs - but in the main this is a time for research, practice, recording, and developing new ideas. 

We had a great summer season which was memorable for the creation of our new presentation - Twenty Instruments in Twenty Minutes! We have enormous fun with this new show. Surprisingly enough it features twenty different instruments over the course of twenty minutes... which takes some doing as we like to show each instrument off to advantage, not just hold it up and say 'This is an X!'. So, tunes a-plenty, nuggets of information, and even a very very short medieval tale... We time ourselves strictly and usually manage to get it all in, in just about 20 minutes! The show goes down really well at heritage events and we look forward to offering it up again in 2023.

Right now, we are hard at work getting our 'The Medieval Instrumentarium' ready for release as an actual CD - hitherto it has only been available digitally. A crowdfunder for this CD will be launched this winter and we hope to get it out in the spring of 2023. Paul is also working on something quite different - and not medieval! - an album of his own compositions to be released digitally in 2023. 

You might also have noticed that we are slowly but surely building up a YouTube presence. Our most recent album, Saeculorum, features music from five different medieval centuries. So Gill decided she would flex her medieval historian sinews (she's a Doctor you know...) and use this as a basis for five short videos telling the history of the eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It was quite a task to distill down such a lot of potential information into five short videos of about 10-15 minutes each. The Saeculorum collection has been out for a while but if you haven't seen it do take a look, and it would be great if you could subscribe to our channel. Here's a link to the Saeculorum playlist. 

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Events for 2023 are coming in and more will be added as soon as we have firm information!
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

2nd April -  The North East Early Music Forum Playing Day. Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham.

23rd April -  The North East Early Music Forum Playing Day. Temple Newsam House, Leeds.
29th April and 1 May - Richmond MayFest. Richmond, North Yorkshire.
27th-28th May - Tales and Music with Geoffrey of Monmouth. Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire
1st July - Denholme Gala, Denholme, West Yorkshire. 
8th-10th September - Medieval Music in the Dales, Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire