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The Artisans - A Taste of Christmas in Medieval England

Wed Dec 7th 2011, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


“Nowell Nowell”

An evening of carols, ballads and dances to conjure up the Christmases of Medieval England.

Artist info

Emily Askew

Hazel Askew

The Artisans are a 'medieval band' emerging from London. 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, rebec, hurdy gurdy, harp, oud and percussion.

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 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.

Yvonne Eddy

An exiled Geordie, Yvonne Eddy (soprano) studied music at the University of Manchester and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, before finally giving in and moving to London, where she now sings with many professional church choirs and chamber choirs. She directs her own medieval vocal group Levedy and is a member of the medieval ensembles Le Basile, Mediva and Vox Animae.

Solo career highlights to date include singing Bach in Bermuda; regularly impersonating a 12th century nun; and swordfighting in a tight corset in Ross-on-Wye. When not singing, she likes to play latin jazz and funk on her baritone saxophone, very loudly.

Sarah Stuart

Sarah Stuart’s interest in medieval and renaissance music grew out of her early encounters with period performance as an apprentice on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s experience scheme for young players. Since extending her percussive expertise back through the centuries, she has amassed an interesting array of percussion instruments from several field trips to countries whose indigenous music still use instruments from ancient times. Sarah received First Class Honours for her percussion studies on the Royal Northern College of Music’s prestigious Joint Course with the University of Manchester, and in her final year also won a Gold Medal — the RNCM’s top solo recital prize. Since graduating Sarah has worked as a freelance percussionist with several of the UK’s leading orchestras, and following her season with the OAE (2007–8), enjoyed an association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a member of their Future Firsts programme. She is also proud to be the first RNCM student to take a portion of her instrumental studies in folk music, where she studied fiddle with Catriona Macdonald, continuing a passion dating back to the age of six.

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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