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The Artisans – A Medieval Experience

Fri Aug 13th 2010, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


The Artisans present a medieval experience with foot tapping Italian dances, enchanting French troubadour songs, and uplifting Iberian choruses and English carols.

Emily Askew (Vielle, Bagpipes, Recorders, Percussion) – Hazel Askew (Gothic Harp, Voice) – Nicolás Mendoza (Rebec, Percussion, Symphony, Voice)

Artist info

The Artisans are an exciting new medieval band emerging from London. From rhythmic foot tapping dance tunes to powerful interpretations of songs, their playing aims to engage and inspire those who hear them. The musicians bring together a broad experience from both the early music and folk worlds performing on a variety of historical instruments including recorders, bagpipes, vielle, harp, oud and percussion.

Emily Askew

Emily Askew is an extremely versatile musician playing recorders, vielle (medieval fiddle), bagpipes and fiddle. Her interests are wide and varied reaching from the deep roots of folk music through to Medieval, Baroque and contemporary repertoire. Emily studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ian Wilson and William Lyons, where she graduated with a first class honours BMUS as well as receiving a concert recital diploma. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Dove Memorial Prize for the highest BMUS mark.  Emily has performed with a range of ensembles in many venues including the Brighton Pavilion (part of the Early Music Festival), Christchurch Spitalfields and St Martin in the Fields. This year is set to be her busiest yet with performances in Shakespeare Globe's Macbeth, Glyndebourne’s 2010 Poppea project and Brighton Early Music Festival’s world premiere of a specially commissioned work by Orlando Gough.

Hazel Askew

Hazel Askew is known on the folk music scene for her singing and melodeon playing, but she started her musical education on the specialist music scheme at Pimlico School, where she studied concert harp. During this time she took part in many orchestras, choirs and musical opportunities as well as touring in Italy. However her interest in folk music meant she spent a lot of her spare time playing in sessions, workshops as well as for Morris, Rapper and Appalachian dance teams. Four years ago she formed the Askew Sisters duo with her sister and they been playing the folk clubs and festivals ever since. They were twice semi finalists in the BBC Young Folk Award and won the New Roots Competition in 2005.  In recent years, has decided to take up the gothic harp. She now has lessons from Leah Stuttard from Mediva.

Nicolás Mendoza

Nicolás Mendoza started his musical training at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia where he learnt piano and violin. Once in England, he studied in York with Peter Seymour, Gary Cooper, and Tim Roberts. Recently he has taken up the rebec and hurdy gurdy to help him pursue his interest in medieval music. He has appeared with numerous ensembles in festivals in Yorkshire, including the York Early Music Festival, the Beverley Early Music Festival, and the University of York New Music Spring Festival. He has also worked with the Minster Minstrels, helping to provide a gateway to early music for children. As a soloist he has performed in York, Manchester, and London to critical acclaim. He co-founded the Prince and Pauper Consort which has performed twice at the Brighton Early Music Festival and other venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, the London Guildhall’s Old Library and Farnham Castle.

The Guild Church of St 
Dunstan-in-the-West August Classical Music Festival

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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