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EVENT 2 - Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

St Mary's Church, Beverley
Thursday 22 May 7:30pm

Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
Central Nave £20.00 (Concessions £18.00), Side Aisles £15.00 (Concessions £13) Students £5.00

Steven Player dancer, actor, musician
Clare Salaman director, nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, Hardanger violin
Jeremy Avis voice, percussion, bandora
Alison McGillivray bass viol, lyra d'amore
Ian Harrison pipe & tabor, voice, dulcian, shawm, recorder, pipes, vielle

Nine Daies Wonder: With dance, songs and instrumental music, The Society explore an outrageous Elizabethan publicity stunt - Will Kemp's famous dance from London to Norwich in 1600. 

We think of the publicity stunt as peculiar to our age but the antics of Will Kemp, a shameless self-publicist and one of the leading actors in Shakespeare's company, prove otherwise. In 1600 he danced his way from London to Norwich in nine days, entertaining an adoring public en route. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, with dancer, Steven Player, celebrate Will Kemp's account of the journey, 'Nine Daies Wonder', with raucous dance tunes and more refined music of the Elizabethan age. They will breathe new life into this celebrated event, which remains awe-inspiring 400 years on, and still has the power to delight, baffle and amuse.

Nine Daies Wonder - Trailer from Clare Salaman on Vimeo.

Find out more about the project on YouTube here

"A Renaissance Fred Astaire... Steven Player was worth the price of admission by himself" Adelaide Review 
"One of our finest exponents of early music. They enchant and amaze in equal measure." The Musician
"Taking the familiar and making it fresh... it works, and very well indeed." Early Music Today