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Passamezzo

Included in the NCEM online directory

Included in the Nema 2010 Early Music Yearbook and Performers Directory

Period(s) Medieval, Renaissance
Style of ensemble Vocal, Instrumental, Consort

Biography

Passamezzo is a dynamic ensemble dedicated to the performance of Early Music in an accessible, educational and historically informed context. The ensemble specialise in English 16th and 17th Century repertoire, and concerts have a distinct theatrical air created by costume, readings and presentation. The ensemble delights in all aspects of musical life, from the intimacy of the lute song, to the brash raucousness of the broadside ballad, from the sacred part song, to the profane insanity of bedlamite mad songs. The programmes are carefully researched with music frequently taken from manuscript sources, unearthing pieces that have lain hidden for centuries. It is this range of material and overall spectacle, combined with the informative and accessible manner of their presentation, that makes Passamezzo such an engaging group.

Passamezzo often work with dancers and actors. They have played in a great variety of venues including the British Museum; the Shakespeare Institute; The National Gallery; the V&A Museum; Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; Hampton Court Palace and in theatres, concert halls, stately homes, churches, palaces and ruins throughout England.

Passamezzo also work with with Moroccan Sufi musicians, Ensemble Mogador Soufie performing 17th Century English and Moroccan music in both countries.

Sample programme

Main contact name
Tamsin Lewis

Postal address
94 St Johns Wood Terrace, London, NW8 6PY

Members Names
Eleanor Cramer - Soprano, Viols
Richard De Winter - Actor, Baritone
Robin Jeffrey - Lute, Theorbo, Guitar
Alison Kinder - Viols, Recorders
Tamsin Lewis - Renaissance Violin, Viols, Alto
Richard Mackenzie - Lute, Theorbo, Guitar
Michael Palmer - Actor, Bass

Telephone Number
020 7722 2263

Email address
passamezzo@aol.com

Website address
www.passamezzo.co.uk

Other associated sites
http://www.facebook.com/Passamezzo/ http://twitter.com/Passamezzo
http://soundcloud.com/passamezzo