St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Laura Cannell - violin solo

Tuesday, 28 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

The Minstrel of Rocomadour & O Ignee Spiritus

Based on the Cantigas de Santa Maria Alfonso X & Hildegard von Bingen

Song of Repentance
Inspired by a Psalm of Repentance - Mesrop Mashtot

Black Crowned Night
Based on 'Ay mi!' by Guillaumme de Machaut (1300 - 1377) & Cantiga 238 'The Blasphemous Minstrel' - Alfonso X

Hraefn Hroc (The Raven & Rook)
Based on Nobilis - Anon Medieval English carol

Dagian Duske
Based on a Psalm of Repentance - Mesrop Mashtot

The Fiery Spirit
Based on the vision of The Fiery Spirit- Hildegard von Bingen

The Drowned Sacristan
Based on 'Cantiga 304' the Cantigas de Santa Maria Alfonso X

Award winning violin and recorder player Laura Cannell has established herself as an innovative performer and explorer of early and contemporary music. For the past ten years she has toured extensively with the experimental folk and early music duo Horses Brawl, released several albums and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC4, ITV, Sky Arts and Resonance FM. She has been editor's picks in The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out and was described as

"Virtuoso Magpie Musician" by THE TIMES.

Laura's solo project 'Medieval Uprising' was awarded a grant from the Arts Council of England in December 2013, and her music explores the spaces between ancient, improvised music. 

She performs live improvisations and atmospheric interpretations based on fragments of medieval music from the 5th - 14th centuries using unconventional instrumental techniques such

as overbowed fiddle and double-barreled recorders.


Laura studied performance at London College of Music (BMus 1st Class) and at the University of East Anglia (MMus). She has performed her cutting edge take on ancient music at festivals and venues including: Cambridge Early Music Concert Series, City of London Festival, Spitalfields Festival, The National Theatre, Cambridge Folk Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, London's Southbank, Tate Britain, The Aldeburgh Festival,

Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival and many others.