programs for adults

Stories in Poetry and Music

The Tale of the Werewolf
Marie de France's "Lai de Bisclaveret" ("the Tale of the Werewolf") from the Harley 978 Manuscript. Likely the earliest story in which the werewolf is the hero. 30 Minutes

It is thrilling to hear the sounds of Anglo-Norman with its mix of the familiar
and unfamiliar… surtitles are really rendered unnecessary by the fine acting
and detailed mime…. A magical visit from a seer from another world. 
✭ ✭ ✭ ✭  Stage Door, April 2017


Floris and Blancheflour
This popular romance of inseparable lovers features 18 memorable characters,
mimed, recited and sung by the narrator, over continuous, tightly-scripted music.
Performed in original languages (Old French and Middle English)  90 Minutes


Floris and Blancheflour was *stunning* Entrancing to watch, and the feat of
memory was just as impressive. The standing ovation was thoroughly,
richly deserved.  - audience member


Themed Concerts/Lectures
All below can be presented either as concerts or lecture/demonstrations, and directed towards the general public or a more academic audience.

Medieval Composers
Four colourful personalities: Hildegard von Bingen, Bernart de Ventadorn, Neidhart von Reuental, and Guillaume de Machaut.

Medieval Instrumentarium
Medieval instruments, and how modern builders try to recreate them.

Troubadours
The quasi-legendary troubadours: some better known works, some rarities.

Trade Routes and Translation Schools
"Wandering musicians," other travellers, and the spread of knowledge.

Dante and Music
Both musicians and music theory are hugely influential in the Divine Comedy.

Medieval Philosophy of Music
In which Pneuma Ensemble gets cosmic and explores the music of the spheres.