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Edinburgh Renaissance Band At St Marks (Edinburgh Renaissance Band)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2016

Edinburgh Renaissance Band Ed2016

I have something to confess to you – I love early instruments; I like their names, their funny shapes and their sound. Add to this authentic early dancing – including an Errol Flynn-type sword dance, where two men danced past each other with blades drawn like a jousting match – and I was entranced. There was community singing, where we all joined in with the last verse of psalm 42. And I learned things, like the fact that my favourite looking instrument, the serpent, was invented in 1590. The theme was inspired by the anniversaries of Cervantes and Shakespeare and therefore comprised Spanish and English compositions. This was an hour of historically accurate, good humoured entertainment and I have one last word – crumhorn.

artSpace @ StMarks, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]