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music and song connecting the past with the present

The Hexachordia trio currently offer the following eight 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.

Which was Sweeter?

A musical duel between the lute and the viol, with Sarah Doig.

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

Sovereigns and Spies

We tell the story of the momentous struggle between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I in words and music from England, Scotland and France.

Entertaining the Tudors

An introduction to the music and instruments played at the sixteenth-century royal court and by the nobility, as well as in the streets and taverns.

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.

A Merry Melancholy

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

"A top quality performance full of atmosphere and variety” Leicester Mercury (Leicester Early Music Festival)

"The audience loved your concert. It was just perfect for the festival” Harwich Festival of Arts

"A fascinating and most enjoyable concert" Dumfries Music Club