An excellent, informative and fascinating concert! Definitely an ensemble I should engage again.
Ambrose Miller, Artistic Director King’s Lynn Festival
Blondel performs medieval and renaissance music on shawms, bagpipes, curtals and recorders.
Blondel was established with the aim of airing the music of Medieval and Renaissance wind bands. Towns and grand households across Europe employed musicians to entertain at dances and banquets and as a symbol of their prestige. Professional wind players would have been expected to play on a wide range of instruments, the foremost of which were the double-reeded shawms.
It is easy to imagine how the strident sound of the shawm band cut across the hustle and bustle of the dance and banquet halls, or even the city square. More surprising to modern ears is their sophistication of expression and blend of sound which gives them a unique and joyful beauty of their own.
Blondel’s past performances include concerts in the Cambridge Early Music series, King’s Lynn Festival, Fakenham Classic Music and Music by the Commons and Colchester Early Music. We’ll be releasing our debut album Zephirus: his swete breeth: a celebration of wind music of the late 14th & early 15th centuries later this year. We’ll also be appearing in the Lexden Arts Festival and the Wimbledon International Music Festival, and have been engaged by the The Agincourt 600 Committee to provide a commemorative concert on the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.