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Hexachordia, a trio of early music specialists, presents a programme entitled "The Food of Love" which celebrates the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. Shakespeare's works are littered with references to music, dance and musical instruments of the day. Hexachordia performs a programme of Elizabethan music inspired by quotations from the Bard's works on instruments including the lute, recorders, viols and virginals. Works include John Dowland's lute song "Sleep Wayward Thoughts", "The Lord of Salisbury his Pavin" by Orlando Gibbons and consort pieces by Thomas Morley.
Hexachordia is a perfectly-formed trio specialising in music and song from the time of the English and European Renaissance. The individual members of Hexachordia are united both by a love of early music and by a desire to make that music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Although we concentrate on authentic and technically-accurate performances, we take great care to ensure that this is not at the expense of entertainment. We like to think that our programmes will not only move you, but will also leave you with a smile on your face.
Hexachordia's programmes are designed around specific historical themes. In so doing, we aim to strengthen the appeal of the music by placing it in a relevant historical context. By using a strong narrative we bring both the music and its setting to life, adding depth and colour to an already exciting period in history.
Jane Scheuregger (voice & wind) - Jane is a multitalented wind player. She was a chorister at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and played principal bassoon with the Suffolk Symphony Orchestra. As a student, Jane won many recorder competitions laying a firm foundation for the intricacies of the shawm, crumhorn and pipes. Jane recently participated in a one-day lute song workshop with Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg.
Sarah Doig (bowed strings & keyboard) - Sarah studied music at Lancaster University where she specialised in English medieval music under Professor Roger Bray. Originally a cellist and organist, Sarah transferred her talents to the viol and currently plays treble, tenor and bass (including a seven-string baroque bass viol). She also owns and plays virginals modelled on Queen Elizabeth the First's own keyboard instrument.
Tony Scheuregger (plucked strings) - Tony studied at Homerton College Cambridge before becoming a secondary school music teacher. He later worked as a composer writing music for radio, TV and video. Tony has been involved in early music from the mid 1970s. He specialises in lute and early string instruments, which he studies with Jacob Heringman. Together with wife, Jane, Tony founded the highly successful Minstrels Gallery (www.minstrelsgallery.com).