The concerts on November 18 and 19th were an enormous success. Gothic Voices Medieval Choir and guest artist James Bishop-Edwards on lute performed before enthustiastic audiences, first at Ashland Springs Hotel, then, the next day at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Medford.
‘Gothic Voices’ performances of Missa Notre Dame Mass of Our Lady, an evocative and delicate polyphonic mass composed by Guillaume de Machaut in the forteenth century. ‘Illuminations’, the women’s component of Gothic Voices directed by O’Scannell, also presented works by Hildegard von Bingen while the men’s component, ‘All and Some’, presented a selection of medieval carols. ‘Ensemble Fontegara’, a Renaissance recorder group, offered their program, The Music of Shakespeare’s England.
The 14th century ballad, Douce Dame Jolie by Guillaume de Machaut, was performed by lutenist James Edwards and Pat O’Scannell on vielle (medieval fiddle). In addition, the two presented ballads by 14th Century French Composer Guillaume de Machaut, with James on lute and Pat singing.
Here are photos from the Ashland concert:
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And these are from the concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: