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!
Having had a most unusual year - like most people! - we are now looking forward to 2021. It's really pleasing to see that events are being planned again, and we are looking forward to returning to old and new haunts soon.
We have of course been keeping busy and have recently released a new recording project and a new book of music.
'Saeculorum - Five Centuries of Medieval Music' includes four pieces of music from each of the eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It's almost all new material - we especially enjoyed getting to grips with some new (to us) eleventh century material - but it is also a chance to revisit some of our back catalogue. It includes one piece from Trouvere's first ever recording 'Medieval & Renaissance Music', first committed to posterity in 1998 on CD and (get this!) TAPE! Saeculorum is available for download and streaming only at this time.
Our new book of music is 'Trecento' - music of fourteenth-century Italy. It contains six songs from the Rossi Codex, and six dances (including two paired dances) from the London manuscript. Trecento is available on our Etsy Shop, along with all our other books and CDs. We have really enjoyed discovering this wonderfully rich repertoire, and look forward to playing some of it at next year's Medieval Music in the Dales. This will be a 'reissue' of the festival that should have happened this year! We are also really pleased to have taken over production of Pam Radford's 'The Very Small Harp Book' - an excellent starter guide for beginners on medieval harp. This is available in the Medieval Music in the Dales Online Store .
Gill has also been discovering the joys of video editing, and has created a series of four short videos to accompany our Medieval Instrumentarium collection. The video provides lots of medieval and modern images to accompany the various pieces of music, going into the background of the various instruments in particular. Take a look on the Trouvere YouTube channel - and why not subscribe? She has just completed a video project for 'Saeculorum', which will premier at the MMitD Online Festival.
This coming year is the 950th birthday of our local (and wonderful) town - Richmond, in North Yorkshire. It's 950 years since Alan Rufus was given the barony by William the Conqueror and began building the magnificent castle. We are really pleased to be taking part in several of the events planned for the year - check out Richmond 950 for more information.
We've updated our calendar below to show all the public events we currently know about for next year. Everything is of course subject to change so feel free to check with us before heading out!
And new for Lockdown, why not join us on Facebook for our regular Wednesday evening live stream? 20-30 minutes of live medieval music, all welcome.
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!
If it's Wednesday, it must be Trouvere...
Every Wednesday evening for the foreseeable future... join us at 7pm GMT for 20-30 minutes of live medieval music, streamed to our Facebook page. All welcome! (Please note - we will have to take the odd week off, check with us in advance if you’re desperate !)
Medieval Music in the Dales Online. Join us for a weekend of music, workshops and presentations from the comfort of your own home! More details and booking here.
April 5th, 6th, 7th
April 12th, 13th, 14th
Medieval Music for Richmond 950. This is the launch of the 950th birthday party for our home town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, and we are delighted to be playing as part of the historical market in Richmond's gorgeous cobbled Market Square.
July 3rd and 4th
Medieval Music at Chepstow Castle
Concert: Music for a Norman Court, St Mary's Parish Church in Richmond
August 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
Medieval Music in the Dales at Bolton Castle
October 2nd and 3rd
Reynard the Fox at The Bodleian Library, Oxford. More information on the way...