"It is a fatted calf from the pastures of Bashan," said the Pharisee, "the heathen have dealt wonderfully with us let us raise up our voices in a psalm --let us give thanks on the shawm
and on the psaltery-on the harp and on the huggab-on the cythern and on the sackbut!"
From the vibrant blare of shawms
, bagpipes and electric guitar to the seductive tones of Turkish clarinet and fiddle and the enchanting delicacy of the renaissance cittern, The Carnival Band are renowned for mixing and matching their collection of more than 20 instruments, adding vocal harmony to create an astonishing range of sounds.
It's billed as a joyous journey round the music and instruments of medieval and Renaissance Europe with viols and racketts plus cornetts, sackbuts, shawms
, violin, rebec, and others of every kind.
The York Waits play on replica 14th Century shawms
, cornett, saggbut, flutes, recorders and take their name from the ancient city band of York, the earliest evidence for which we find in 14th Century records.
would have heard the shawms
and other musical instruments played by the
Guest artists Phil and Gayle Neuman of Ensemble De Organographia will bring the seldom-heard sounds of krummhorns, shawms
, douaines and racketts to music based on chorales written by Martin Luther.
Once before he had paused, and love with its horrid rout, its shawms
, its cymbals, and its heads with gory locks torn from the shoulders had burst in.
Whereas Robert Stevenson's edition of pieces number 1-3 and 6-8 in The Music of Peru might go too far by composing new oboe parts that imitate "improvised" shawms
(Robert Stevenson, The Music of Peru [Washington, DC: Pan American Union, 1959], 304-20), Rodriguez van der Spoel might have intervened more directly with the musical text in order to translate descriptive into prescriptive notation for the convenience of performers.
Instrumentalists David Miller, William Lyons, Nicholas Perry, Paul Bevan and Sam Goble will perform on an array of instruments including cornets, flute, guitars, lute, recorders, sackbut, shawms
, slide trumpet, trumpet and viheula.
A festival service will launch the week of concerts on June 22 at 11.15am - two days before the official opening night which will feature The City Musick, a leading early music ensemble who will showcase a range of instruments, including cornetts, sackbuts and shawms
The pergola was originally in the garden of another Bostock-owned Arts and Crafts house in Stafford called Shawms
The piper would have been especially familiar with trumpets, shawms
(noisy oboe predecessors), and other "outdoor" instruments.