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music and song connecting the past with the present

The Hexachordia trio currently offers the following 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.

Puddings and Pies

A rich menu of music and song washed down with poetry and verse. We celebrate the nation’s obsession with food and drink over the centuries, ranging from the working man’s fare to the lavish feasts and banquets of the Tudor royal court.

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.

Heigh-ho, the Holly!

Music, mirth and merriment for the festive season, revealing what Christmas and New Year was like for folk at all levels of society in the past.

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A celebration of the first Elizabethan age in words and music, featuring music and instruments with which Elizabeth the First would have been familiar, and even played herself.

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.

Music from the Court of Henry VIII

A romp through the royal palaces of the most famous king in British history, taking in his diplomatic triumphs such as the Field of the Cloth of Gold, as well as his less welcome moves like the dissolution of the monasteries.

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 Step in Time

We hop and skip our way through dance music and customs at all levels of society, including Medieval estampies and branles, and Renaissance courtly pavans and galliards.