Promoting the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800
Author: Barbara Dunn
Barbara trained as a teacher and worked for most of her career in Primary Education, eventually serving as a headteacher in Reading and then in Worcester, before taking early retirement.
She has been involved with Worcestershire Early Music from its beginning, delivering workshops and organising concerts and the Pride and Prejudice Ball. Barbara is an enthusiastic amateur musician, playing regularly in many different formal and informal gatherings. She performs with the Gloucester Waits on flutes and recorders
K’antu Ensemble take their name from an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance. Their colourful and energetic arrangements combine elements of folk and world music with historically informed techniques, bringing early music to new audiences. They are currently promoting their second album Dancing and the Divine, following the success of Gusto, which has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, BBC Introducing, Resonance FM’s LSO Soundhub and in Early Music Today Magazine. Recent venues have included the King’s Place, Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall’s Culford Room and St Martin-in-the-Fields where they were semi-finalists in both the 2014 and 2015 Chamber Music Competitions. They have also been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London’s Southbank Centre. They are young artists for Live Music Now and received an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK which supported their recent tour to Hungary. Future plans include tours to Romania and Hungary in 2016.
Tickets available from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427
Mary Collins is a well respected Early Dance specialist. A practitioner and researcher, she works with dance, theatre and TV companies as an adviser, choreographer, dancer and actress and tours regularly giving master-classes, lecture-recitals and workshops. A faculty member of Aestas Musica in Croatia and, for 26 years, The Ringve International Summer Course in Norway, she regularly works with many of the world’s leading exponents of early music.