music and song connecting the past with the present
Copyright © Hexachordia 2012-19
viols, virginals, lute, voice, recorder & organ
lute, gittern, guitar
flute, recorder & voice
voice, recorder, bagpipes,
shawm, rauschpfife & crumhorn
“Hexachordia gave us a really great Shakespearian banquet of music and words” Sarah Walker CBE, August Music Festival, St Lawence Jewry Church, London
"An unusual and stimulating evening" Canterbury Festival
The Hexachordia trio offers a fresh approach to music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We recreate the instrumental flexibility that was a key feature in music-making at the time. The ability to play a number of different musical instruments along with the possession of a good singing voice was essential for professional musicians. Each of us, therefore, specialises in a range of instruments of this period, allowing us to perform a wide repertoire of ensemble music in a number of different instrumental and vocal combinations.
In all our concert programmes, educational presentations and heritage work, we aim to put the music in its historical context, thus appealing to audiences new to early music as well as those who have a well-established love of the genre.
HEXACHORD [hek-suh-kawrd] - a diatonic series of six tones having, in medieval music, a half step between the third and fourth tones and whole steps between the others. Origin: Late Greek hexáchordos having six strings.
"Interesting and entertaining concert" Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
"Musical treat was pure gold" Eastern Daily Press
"You were terrific. A wonderful way to finish the fortnight for us" Wymondham Festival
"Fascinating, virtuosic performance and a history lesson to boot" Brundall Concert Series
Please visit our Hear us page where you can purchase copies of our four CDs, as well as our booklet on instruments of the Middle Ages. You can also listen to teaser clips from our recordings.