Solo or Duo available
so enabling visitors to learn more
through a combination of all elements of the presentation, including perhaps unspoken ones such as
accessories with the clothes, the technology of the instruments, and many others.
- presenting a specific historical period,
- wearing appropriate clothes,
- playing period music on suitable instruments
Museum Education officers, please see the Education pages.
- 1st Person Interpretation:
- " As it is the year 1546, these are my clothes;
it is said the King is ill, but none may dare talk too loud of the matter." etc.
- 3rd Person Interpretation:
- " In the year 1546, these were the clothes I would be wearing, and while there rumours that Henry VIII was ill, it was illegal to discuss the King's health."etc.
Heritage Site/Museum Event organisers, please stay right here!
I offer solo work, or duo with my wife Elizabeth York.
Where have I/we worked?
The V&A Museum,
"TimeTeam" with More4 Television
The Tower of London,
with English Heritage
The City of London Corporation:
Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge,
Ayscoughfee Hall Spalding,
St. Mary's Hall Coventry
Epping Forest District Museum,
agency work too
The British Museum,
The London Guildhall
The National Trust
(various sites again),
Bede's World in Jarrow,
Blakesley Hall Birmingham,
St. Albans Museum
Chester Grosvenor Museum,
and a host of others;
- Griffin Historical, EventPlan... .
The Japanese trip which was SO nearly...
Will Adams from Gillingham sailed in 1600 to Japan. After nearly dying as a suspected pirate, he ended as the only English Samurai, and built naval European style ships there. In 1613 a trading post was set up, and Will Adams' name is still well-known in Japan.
I was spotted during my 2012 work at Gillingham's Will Adams Festival by a representative from Japan, and with Elizabeth York was invited to go and work in Japan this Autumn.
What a pity it costs around £7000 to fly a collection of instruments safely across the world! Can't really blame their budget for not reaching that, but it was great to be invited.
So that's why we nearly worked in Japan this year!
Why have Solo or Duo?
- the duo is able to offer more variety of musical sounds and arrangements.
I play many instruments, but Elizabeth adds more: she specialises in harps, ranging from tiny medieval to her 1833 pedal harp,
- she also adds her singing voice, which is far better than mine!
- You may have dancing for participants incorporated into the work - space etc. allowing -
whether it's a solo or duo presentation, but it's always easier with two of us
- Cost may be a factor
- Operating space may be a factor
What can I/we offer?
- A professional and friendly approach
- Unusually good presentation skills, and much experience
- An unreasonably large collection of instruments, representing music across many periods,
- the ability to play music of the right period on all of them
- some for hands-on use by participants
- attractive arrangements of pieces we play
- techniques to allow participants to join in making make very pleasing and satisfying music
- Entertaining and well-informed explanations of how the instruments work, how they fit into society,
and other relevant snippets of information.
- willingness to work with other performers and co-operate creatively with them
- For Victorian work, the utterly astonishing Major Horton...
If you have failed to do so, you dashed well need to visit me and find out who I am
- Professional accreditation by "Tabulae.org"
- Public liability cover both through Tabulae.org and the Incorporated Society of Musicians
- A willingness to fit in with the aims of your event, where reasonable!
Is this the world's only 3-hole pipe and handcart combination?
Thanks to Tom at E.H. Audley End for taking the shot!