Minster Minstrels - York's youth early music ensemble
The Minster Minstrels perform at the NCEM on Sunday 8 December at 12.30 as part of York Early Music Christmas Festival. For tickets and details click here .
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Minster Minstrels is the collective name for a group of music ensembles - First Minstrels, Chamber Minstrels and Recorder Minstrels - which are designed to introduce young people to early music (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque) and to how it would have sounded at the time it was written. Minster Minstrels rehearse on Saturday mornings in term time at Canon Lee School, as part of York Arts Academy. For information on the ensembles and how to join, click here .
Minster Minstrels are directed by Heather Moger, supported by Assistant Director Ian Hoggart and Assistant Sophie Simpson. They perform at least once each term, appearing regularly at York Early Music Festival and York Early Music Christmas Festival as well as taking part in performances and events throughout the year. In the current year, they have attended a workshop and concert with the York Waits in September, as part of the Saltaire Festival 2013 (click here ); and in October they performed at Richard III, Rumour and Reality in York Minster Chapter House as part of York City Festival. Future events include performances in the York Arts Academy concert on 7 December and at the York Early Music Christmas Festival on 8 December; a performance of Renaissance music at the Old Palace Library at York Minster on Saturday 10 May 2014, for the Northern Renaissance Seminar, and appearances in the York Mystery Plays in July.
In previous years, the Minster Minstrels have taken part in a massed concert in London with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (click here for details), and performed at the York Mystery Wagon Plays, at the Merchant Adventurers' 650th anniversary celebrations, at King's Place in London, and as part of the York Massed Choir at the Music for Youth Schools Prom in the Royal Albert Hall in 2009. Some took the parts of Cupids in the Theatre of the Ayre's production of Venus and Adonis, directed by Elizabeth Kenny, in the 2010 York Early Music Festival.
Minster Minstrels are run by the NCEM in partnership with the City of York Council's York Arts Academy, with support from Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.
'I have learned lots of new things like the history behind the music and about how dances and dance steps affect how we play the music.'
'I appreciate the superb standard of performance. Whatever level they have reached the standard is truly excellent due to parts being allocated depending on each musician's personal strengths and those of their instruments.'