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The Hexachordia trio currently offer the following ten concert programmes, all very different in character. Some present music from a particular historical era. Others are based around a theme and offer the opportunity to present a broad spectrum of musical styles spanning the Middle Ages through to the Restoration. All of our concerts feature Hexachordia’s trademark blend of instrumental music, song and narrative.

Music from the Court of Henry VIII

A romp through the royal palaces, introducing the instruments the king himself played, as well as the music that would have entertained him and his wives.

The Golden Queen

A celebration of the cultural renaissance during the reign of Elizabeth I. We follow the monarch’s life from cradle to grave in music and readings.

Pepys’ Playlist

We present the musical life of seventeenth-century London in the tavern, theatre, street and home through the eyes of the famous diarist.

The Food of Love

A feast of music and song inspired by the plays of Shakespeare. We play pieces the Bard referred to in his works, on instruments used on his stage.

A Merry Mood

Renaissance music from Britain and Europe for two lutes, with Sarah Doig.

Hexachordia’s lutenist, Tony Scheuregger, also offers three recital programmes for more intimate concerts

Puddings and Pies

A rich menu of music and song washed down with poetry and verse, celebrating our obsession with food and drink across the centuries.

Entertaining the Tudors

A marriage of music and verse showcasing the Tudor royal courts in all their splendour with feasting, pageants, masques and revels.

All in a Garden Green

We celebrate the joy of the English garden in music, song and verse, tracing its history from monastic herb gardens to more formal grounds.

A Medieval Christmas

A musical journey which takes us from the onset of winter through to the New Year. Medieval and Renaissance music sits alongside contemporary readings.


The Hexachordia trio is joined by critically-acclaimed soprano, Rosamund Walton, for a special programme of English and European sixteenth-century music inspired by the famous Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. The group tells the story, in music and verse, of Queen Elizabeth I’s eventual triumph over the King of Spain’s ambitious attempt to conquer England.

To read more about this concert programme, and to hear extracts from a live performance, please click here.

A Step in Time

Renaissance dance music for lute and guitar with Sarah Doig.

Greensleeves and Yellow Lace

A programme of music and words inspired by style and fashion in sixteenth-century England, from fine lace and dainty slippers to garters and petticoats.

A Merry Melancholy

A programme of lute songs with critically-acclaimed soprano, Rosamund Walton.

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.

The Christmas Revels

Music, mirth and merriment for the festive season, revealing the fun side of Christmas and New Year for Tudor folk.