Medieval Music in the Dales – Time to Book Your Ticket!

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We are about to launch our Crowdfunding Campaign – which mean it is time for you to book your tickets! This blog gives the full programme for the event and tells you how to go about booking your tickets – or otherwise supporting MMITD – through this Campaign.

The Campaign is at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/medieval-music-in-the-dales. Please note that the site does not go live until the official launch at noon on Monday 15th February. But if you would like a sneak preview of the site, here it is.

You might not know how crowdfunding works, but it’s basically pretty simple. It’s a way of funding an project by attracting supporters who Pledge particular amounts of money in return for a Reward of some kind. So in its simplest sense, it’s a way of advance selling tickets for MMITD – the supporters Pledge the ticket price and in return you’ll get the Reward of a ticket.

But of course, it’s a bit more than that. As you will see when you take a look at the ‘Rewards’, it’s not just tickets. We offer everything from simple thanks (expressed via a rather fancy e-Scroll sent as a PDF!) for the smallest Pledged donations right up to a package of goodies for the maximum Pledge amounts. And the Rewards are all to some extent unique to the campaign – meaning it is a distinct advantage to you as well as to us to join in as a supporter. Some Rewards are purely and simply only available through the Crowdfunding Campaign. These are:

  • the Performer Pass for those who want to play on the Open Stages, and
  • all the Camping tickets

All the other Ticket Rewards offer tickets at a cheaper price than they will be available after the campaign – in other words, they are like Early Bird Tickets.

We can’t emphasise enough that it’s vital to reach our goal, or we simply don’t get the money! We need to know that we have our sound financial footing secured, and we have the six weeks of the Crowdfunding Campaign to do it. Please sign up early, and also spread the word – and it’ll be plain sailing!

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Different Kinds of Rewards

Basically, there are four kinds of rewards

  • A Festival Pass. This is the ticket for those who want to come to MMITD just like any other festival, to enjoy the music and the vibe, and perhaps join in on a few workshops if they want.  Some Festival Passes include lots of extras like workshops, Concerts, the Feast, and others simply give access to the Castle for the Instrument Exhibition, the Medieval Market, the Luthiers’ Demonstrations and the Open Stages. Some also include Camping on site, and some are specifically for Groups. So you can take your pick (our flow chart might help you here!)
  • A Performer Pass. This is the ticket for those who want to come to MMITD for all the same reasons as above, but also want to join in with the music by performing on our Open Stages. The deal is that Performer Pass holders get discounted tickets and other benefits in return for doing at least four half-hour sets over the weekend. All Performer Passes come with workshops built in and there are options to include Camping, and the evening Concert and Friday Feast.
  • The Evening Events. If you want to book just for the Saturday evening Concert or for the Friday evening Feast, then there are specific Pledges for these.
  • Other Ways to Help. You might not be able to get to MMITD in person but still want to help, or you may wish to lend us extra support on top of your tickets – very lovely in either case! There are a range of Pledges offering rewards like the CD of the event or our remarkable medieval-style Tile by the Company of Artisans, or our PDF E-Scroll of Thanks… Or you could be a Programme Sponsor and take an advert for your band or business in our programme… Or you could be a Luthier, Concert or Artist Sponsor. These last three offer great ticket packages but we are happy to discuss alternative benefits if you can’t come in person – just get in touch.

There are a lot of possible Pledges, and hopefully these categories might help you wade through them and choose what’s best for you!

But you may well be thinking, wow, I need a flow chart to work this out… Panic not – take a look here at our Online Charts that might help guide you through the options.

And if you’re stuck, just drop me a line saying what you want to do and I’ll sort out the best options for you.

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The Programme

Friday September 2nd
1pm
Opening of the Luthiers’ Exhibition and the Medieval Market (to 5pm)

2pm
Trouvere Workshop: ‘Instrumentarium – a Hands-on Tour of Medieval Musical Instruments’ in the Great Chamber (DE)
Open stages (every 45 minutes until 4.15pm): various locations

3.30pm
Beginners’ Bagpipe Workshop with Tom Hughes in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (1 hour) (DE)
Luthiers’ Demonstrations / Trouvere in the Great Chamber

7.30pm
Grand Medieval Feast in the Great Chamber
Saturday September 3rd
10am
Luthiers’ Exhibition and Medieval Market ( to 5pm)

10.30pm

  • Reed-making Workshop One with Lizzie Gutteridge in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (DE)
  •  Fifteenth-Century Dance Workshop with Cait Webb and Gaita in the Great Chamber (DE)
  • Open stages (every 45 minutes through to 4.30pm): various locations

12 noon

  • Hurdy-gurdy workshop (intermediate to advanced) with Steve Tyler in Lord Scope’s Chamber (DE)
  • Luthiers’ Demonstrations / Informal band performances in the Great Chamber – to 1.30pm

12.30pm
Blondel in concert in St Oswald’s Church (DE)

1.30pm
– Thirteenth-Century Dance Workshop with Charlotte Ewart in the Great Chamber (DE)
– Bagpipes Workshop (Intermediate-Advanced) with Paul Martin in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (1 hour) (DE)

2pm
Leah Stuttard in concert in St Oswald’s Church (DE)

2.30pm
Recorder Maintenance Workshop with Philippe Bolton in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (2 hours) (DE)

3pm
Luthiers’ Demonstrations / Informal band performances in the Great Chamber (to 4.00pm)

4pm

  • Gaita in concert in St Oswald’s Church (DE)
  • Informal group playing in the Great Chamber – All welcome, any instrument, come and bash through some medieval tunes (1 hour)

7.30pm
Evening concert in St Oswald’s Church with Blondel, Leah Stuttard, Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant, and Trouvere

Sunday September 4th
10am
Luthiers’ Exhibition and Medieval Market (to 4.30pm)

10.30pm

  • Thirteenth-Century Dance Workshop with Charlotte Ewart in the Great Chamber (DE)
  • Working with Medieval Sources Workshop with Gill Page in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (DE)
  • Open stages (every 45 minutes through to 4.30pm): various locations

12 noon

  • Singing Workshop with Richard de Winter in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (DE)
  • Luthiers’ Demonstrations / Informal band performances in the Great Chamber (to 2pm)

1.30pm

  • Medieval Bowed Strings Workshop with Paul Martin in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (1 hour) (DE)
  • Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant in concert in St Oswald’s Church (DE)

2 pm
Fifteenth-century Dance Workshop with Cait Webb and Gaita in the Great Chamber (DE)

2.30pm
Reed-Making Workshop Two with Lizzie Gutteridge in Lord Scrope’s Chamber (DE)

3.00pm
Trouvere in concert in St Oswald’s Church (DE)

3.30pm
Informal group playing in the Great Chamber – All welcome, any instrument, come and bash through some medieval tunes (1 hour)

4.30pm
Grand Finale in the Courtyard! Fanfares, singing and group playing, and general good cheer…

Daytime Extras

DE indicates that this is a Daytime Extra – you will need a Reward that includes Daytime Extras to be able to go to these. 

When you Pledge for a Reward that includes Daytime Extras you will be sent a registration form inviting you to state your preferences for Daytime Extras, in order of preference. As far as possible, and on a first-come-first-served basis, you will get your top choices.

If workshops are over-subscribed we will do our best to arrange a second session of that workshop and if you miss out first time around we will put you on the reserve list for a second session. 

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More Information on the Daytime Extras

Friday 2nd September

  • Trouvere – Instrumentarium Workshop: A hands-on introduction to the principal familes of instruments in the middle ages. Taking a chronological approach, this gives a good idea of what kind of instruments were when, and their development over the centuries. 2pm in the Great Chamber. 90 minutes.
  • Tom Hughes – Introduction to Medieval Bagpipes: Exploring the history and folklore of bagpipes, different forms, evidence in medieval records and iconography. How the instrument works with a chance to have a try, using pipes loaned by the Bagpipe Society.  3.30pm in Lord Scrope’s Chamber. 1 hour.

Saturday 3rd September

  • Lizzie Gutteridge: Reed-making Workshop One: Participants will make one or two reeds over the course of two 90-minute sessions (please note this counts as two workshops) with advice on reed and instrument adjustments. 10.30am in the Great Chamber, 90 minutes.
  • Cait Webb and Gaita – Fifteenth Century English Dance: Recreating the dances described in the late fifteenth-century Gresley manuscript. 10.30am in the Great Chamber. 90 minutes. Music from Gaita.
  • Steve Tyler – Hurdy-Gurdy Workshop: The workshop will look at monophonic and polyphonic music along with some work on trompette rhythm and technique. Suitable for intermediate players upward, 12 noon in Lord Scope’s Chamber. 90 minutes
  • Blondel in Concert: Zephyrus With His Swete Breathe: Music from the 14th and 15th centuries on recorders, bagpipes and shawms. 12.30pm in St Oswald’s Church. 1 hour.
  • Paul Martin – Bagpipe Workshop: A look at medieval tunes with ideas on ornamentation. Suitable for any except complete beginners, G pipes. 1.30pm in Lord Scrope’s Chamber. 1 hour.
  • Charlotte Ewart – Thirteenth-Century Dance: Historically informed interpretations of the high medieval estampie. No choroegraphy survives from this early but this workshop explores the possiblity of recreating a convincing estampie based on the music, the literature and the iconography. 1.30 pm in the Great Chamber. 90 minutes. Music from Trouvere.
  • Leah Stuttard in Concert: The Wool Merchant and the Harp: Fifteenth century music for dancing and singing based on the records of George Cely, a wool merchant apprentice now preserved in the National Archive. 2pm in St Oswald’s Church, 1 hour.
  • Philippe Bolton: Recorder Maintenance: Looking at (a) how to safely remove the block from the recorder, check the condition of the windway and remove any dirt or fungus, (b) how to replace leaking joints and (c) some techniques for tuning adjustments. It will also be a surgery if you have any particular problems with your own instruments. 2.30pm, Lord Scrope’s Chamber. 2 hours.
  • Gaita in Concert: Music from the Courts of France and Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. 4pm in St Oswald’s Church. 1 hour.

Sunday 4th September

  • Charlotte Ewart – Thirteenth-Century Dance: Historically informed interpretations of the high medieval estampie. No choroegraphy survives from this early but this workshop explores the possiblity of recreating a convincing estampie based on the music, the literature and the iconography. 10.30am in the Great Chamber. 90 minutes. Music from Trouvere.
  • Gill Page – Working with Medieval Sources: An introduction to sourcing medieval manuscripts online and how to begin using them in your music, leading onto the basics of the palaeography of musical notation and written script. 10.30am, Lord Scrope’s Chamber. 90 minutes.
  • Richard de Winter – Medieval Song: The workshop is in three parts: (1) introduction to plainchant and learning a simple piece of melismatic chant, (2) secular song – the challenges of performing in medieval language to a modern audience and in particular story-telling in medieval song, and (3) trying out some magnificent medieval polyphony. 12 noon, Lord Scrope’s Chamber, 75 minutes.
  • Paul Martin – Bowed Strings: Looking at some medieval tunes with a focus on the use of drones, and also bowing rhythms and emphasis. Suitable for vielle, rebec, crwth and also for modern violins retuned to an open G chord. 1.30pm, Lord Scrope’s Chamber. 1 hour.
  • Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant in Concert: Medieval music on hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, shawm, psalterio, gothic harp and recorder, with an emphasis on the 14th century. 1.30pm in St Oswald’s Church. 1 hour.
  • Cait Webb and Gaita – Fifteenth Century English Dance: Recreating the dances described in the late fifteenth-century Gresley manuscript. 2pm in the Great Chamber. 90 minutes. Music from Gaita.
  • Lizzie Gutteridge: Reed-making Workshop Two: Participants will make one or two reeds over the course of two 90-minute sessions (please note this counts as two workshops) with advice on reed and instrument adjustments. 2.30pm in the Great Chamber, 90 minutes.
  • Trouvère in Concert: The Revel & the Melodye: Music from medieval England, with Richard de Winter; songs from five centuries of English history. 3pm in St Oswald’s Church, 1 hour.

Last but very much not least, there is the Exhibition by instrument makers. We can at last confirm the line-up in full:

From the UK we have:

  • George Stevens with soundbox instruments including gittern, lute and harps
  • Jim Parr with bagpipes and shawms
  • Terry Mann with pipes and recorders
  • Helen Leaf with wind instruments in wood and horn, drums and jangling medieval triangles
  • The Early Music Shop with their wide range of historical instruments
  • Phil Bleazey with flutes, whistles and recorders
  • Eric Moulder with reed woodwinds
  • Erik Martens & Lizzie Gutteridge with shawms, rommelpots, reeds and more
  • and Kalum Hewitt of Alberic’s Workshop with his early medieval soundboxes

From France we have

  • Jean-Daniel Talma (Atelier Elbock) with wind instruments in wood, bone and horn
  • Ben Margotton (Margotton Lutherie) with soundbox instruments including lyres, citoles and rebecs
  • Philippe Bolton with medieval and other recorders
  • Benjamin Simao (Atelier Tri Nox Samoni) with wind instruments in wood, bone and horn and soundbox instruments including lyres and early guitars
  • Ugo Casalonga with sound box instruments including gittern, citole and vielle

And last but not least from Italy we have Danilo Turchetti with his magnificent bagpipes.

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Anyway, I hope all this has been helpful and please get in touch if you have any questions. And please pledge! We can’t do it without you…

 

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