Blondel performs medieval and renaissance music on shawms, bagpipes, curtals and recorders.
Blondel gives engaging and spirited performances of Medieval and Renaissance wind music. It is easy to imagine how the bold tones of a shawm band cut across the hustle and bustle of dance and banquet halls, or even a city square. More surprising to modern ears is the joyful and sophisticated beauty that results from this uniquely blended sound.
Blondel’s past performances include concerts in the Cheltenham Festival (broadcast live by the BBC) Cambridge Early Music, King’s Lynn Festival, Beaminster Festival, Leeds International Medieval Congress, the Wimbledon International Music Festival, Totnes Early Music Society, Barnes Music Festival, Worcester Early Music Festival, and Colchester Early Music. The Agincourt600 Committee commissioned us to record a CD based around the life of Henry V which is available as a free download.
Dufay (shawms, sackbut, percussion)
Se la face ay pale
Ray au soleyl
Adiu, adiu dous dame
Anonymous arr. L. Gutteridge (bagpipes)
Allez a la fougere
Recording engineer: Adrian Hunter
Due to be released this Autumn by First Hand Records
Of arms and a woman: A chronicle of love, loss, chivalry and memory.
Music by Dufay, Binchois, Bedyngham, Morton, Ciconia, Landini and Machaut performed on shawms, recorders, bagpipes, sackbut, slide trumpet and percussion.