St Laurence’s Church

Fri Aug 2 | 7.30pm
£16 / £8


All in a Garden Green: a celebration of the garden through the ages in music and words.

The early music trio, Hexachordia, presents a celebration of the English garden in music, song and words. Playing on authentic copies of original instruments from the Medieval and Tudor eras such as the harp, recorders, gittern, lutes and viols, the group performs music inspired by formal gardens and the English countryside. This music is interspersed with readings contemporary with the pieces, reflecting on the evolution of the English garden through to the seventeenth century and makes for a lovely summer concert.

 A top-quality performance full of atmosphere and variety  Leicester Mercury (Leicester Early Music Festival)

About Hexachordia…

Hexachordia is a perfectly-formed trio who offer a fresh approach to early music. They recreate the instrumental flexibility that was a key feature in music-making at the time. The ability to play a number of different musical instruments along with the possession of a good singing voice was essential for professional musicians. Each member of Hexachordia, therefore, specialises in a range of instruments of this period, allowing them to perform a wide repertoire of ensemble music in a number of different instrumental and vocal combinations. In all their concert programmes, educational presentations and heritage work, they aim to put the music in its historical context, thus appealing to audiences new to early music as well as those who have a well-established love of the genre.

About the musicians…

Tony Scheuregger
Tony studied for a music degree in Cambridge where he specialised in composition. Having worked for some time as a classroom music teacher, Tony went on to write music for video and television, including a number of title tracks for Virgin video books and the main TV channels. His interest in early music goes back to the mid-1970s but was re-engaged in the mid-1990s when he formed the costume band Minstrels Gallery with whom he has recorded six CDs. Tony now concentrates on plucked string instruments and has studied lute with the internationally acclaimed lutenist Jacob Heringman. He has participated in masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby and Jacob Lindberg. Tony has appeared, with his lute, in TV programmes and on the BBC World Service.

Jane Scheuregger
Jane is a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. She was Head Chorister of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, achieving a St Cecilia senior choristers’ award. As a student Jane performed at many music festivals and orchestral courses, as well as playing principal bassoon with the Suffolk Symphony Orchestra. Jane has played recorder for most of her life as well as specialising in shawm, crumhorn, bagpipe and curtal for many years with costume band, Minstrels Gallery, which she formed with husband Tony. She is also a fully experienced sound recordist and editor applying her practical music-making skills to the delicate art of digital sound editing. Jane’s experience as a choral singer is used to bring a “natural” singing style to her performances with Hexachordia, along with some valuable performance insights gained from masterclass singing with Dame Emma Kirkby.

Sarah Doig
Sarah’s musical education started at an early age after she pestered her father, an accomplished pianist and organist, for piano lessons. She later learned the cello and studied the organ under Harrison Oxley at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Sarah undertook a music degree at Lancaster University, specialising in medieval music under Professor Roger Bray with a dissertation on the fourteenth-century English motet. It was whilst a student that she swapped the cello for the double bass. Sarah’s double bass playing continued during her fifteen years in London where she also sang in a number of chamber choirs, including The Tudor Singers of London. She has since transferred her talents to pre-Baroque instruments including the viol family, the vielle (medieval fiddle) and the lute.

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