Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival 2017
In a programme from the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival, Lucie Skeaping introduces performances by the Carnival Band and vocal students from the University of York.
Lucie Skeaping introduces performances from The Carnival Band and vocal students from the University of York in an edition from Beverley Minster as part of the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival.
This festival, which also forms part of the Hull UK City of Culture celebrations, includes a fascinating exhibition "Through the Looking Glass" which comes direct from Antwerp Cathedral, ahead of a pan-European tour that ends in New York. The music manuscripts of the German-Dutch Petrus Alamire (1470 - 1536) belonged to some of the most glittering personalities of the time and are some of the most decorated illustrated choirbooks in history, with some of the most intriguing stories. They portray the opulent world of the 16th century, lived in by rulers, noblemen, musicians and even spies.
The exhibition features the installation "Speculum Musurgica" by Flemish visual and music artist Rudi Knoops. The heptagonal media installation, which will fill the Minster transept both visually and audibly, consists of large-scale mirror structures and sound projections inviting visitors to walk in and around them, as the physical choirbooks themselves would have done. Two seven-voice compositions are performed by Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble from Leuven, and they provide a snapshot of the time, where music united performers and audiences through storytelling and imagery.