The music re-creates in situ the sounds that would have been heard in Temple Newsam centuries ago when the house was young. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the house brought to life as the music permeates around the corridors and down the stairs from the performance sites of the Picture Gallery and Dining Room. Visitors may sit and watch the performances or let the music enhance their viewing of the 43 rooms at Temple Newsam. There is a huge range of performances and instruments from sack butt to lute plus a 30 voice chamber choir from Huddersfield. All the performances will last 25-30 minutes. If the weather is reasonable, three groups, all in appropriate historical dress, will perform in the stables courtyard by the cafe.
Performances at the stables are entirely free. The normal admission price to Temple Newsam House applies, but there is no additional charge to listen to the music.
The programme of performers will be:
The Leeds Waits, who were established as the official town musicians in around 1530, will start off the day in the Picture Gallery at 11.00 and then at the stables at 12.00. http://www.leedswaits.org.uk/waits.htm,
A lute duet from the Shadwell Lutes in the Dining Room at 11.30.
The Ridings Recorder Orchestra (music for recorders of four or more different sizes) in the Picture Gallery at 12.00.
Gina le Faux (solo music for baroque violin) in the Dining Room at 12.30. http://ginalefaux.com/blog/
De Mowbray's Musick (Tudor wind music, maybe including an audience dance or two) at the stables at 12.30 and in the Picture Gallery at 1.30. http://www.demowbray.info/
Les Tourterelles (which in French translates to Turtle doves) will perform baroque recorder duets in the Dining Room at 2.00.
Huddersfield University Consort (viols, recorders and other renaissance wind instruments) in the Picture Gallery at 2.30.
The Manton Consort (renaissance viol consort music) in the Dining Room at 3.00.
The Doncaster Waites (Doncaster's own renaissance town musicians) at the stables at 2.30 and in the Picture Gallery at 3.30. http://www.whitecottagewebsites.co.uk/doncaster/
Renaissance Voices (chamber choir) conclude the day of music in the Picture Gallery from 4.00-4.30. http://www.rvchamberchoir.homecall.co.uk/