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The Hexachordia trio are passionate about sharing their love of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music and history with as wide an audience as possible. We therefore offer a wide range of educational presentations and workshops for both adults and children.

For adults, we offer a range of presentations which are a unique blend of historical narrative, contemporary accounts, visual images and period music, we bring the past to the present. These are suitable for daytime or evening meetings of clubs, societies and educational groups, such as meetings of U3A,, Women’s Institute, WEA and history groups.

With the exception of our special Christmas programme, all our presentations have an East Anglian focus and include:

A Royal Progress - We follow Queen Elizabeth I’s progress of 1578 to East Anglia, recreating the sights and sounds of this royal spectacle.

Kemp’s Jig - An exploration of an Elizabethan comic actor’s epic morris dance from London to Norwich, drawing on his own account of the journey.

Henry VIII’s Legacy - We present a virtual tour of the  ruins of East Anglia’s once great religious institutions and explore the impact of their dissolution.

The Time Traveller - We recreate Daniel Defoe’s account of his travels through East Anglia in the 1720s in music, images and his own words.

Rural Royalty - A documentary and musical insight into the lives, loves and demise of East Anglian noble families with Tudor royal connections.

A Tudor Christmas - We celebrate the festive season as it was under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, combining music, mirth and merriment.

Most presentations last for 50 minutes, allowing for questions afterwards.

We also offer an extremely popular primary schools’ workshop called Entertaining The Tudors. In it we explore sixteenth-century life through music, song and dance, giving pupils the chance to experience live music and entertainment from this colourful period in history. These workshops can be tailor-made to class size and age group.

For secondary schools, we will work with you to create a bespoke educational programme.


"It was wonderful to see and hear all the different instruments and to learn about their history” Costessey Junior School, Norfolk

"The balance of music, narrative and illustrations was perfect” Mark Mitchels, Middleton, Suffolk

"Thank you so much for giving us another wonderful day of music and entertaining information" The Ipswich School, Suffolk