Runnymede Pop Festival
Photo Source: Runnymede Pop Festival; Photo of Jehan Leaps by Chris Pavlich
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|Country and Region||Australia — New South Wales|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Drama, Literary, Music|
|Location of Festival||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Festival Contact Information|
Sydney University Department of Music
The Renaissance Players return with a selection of infectious mediaeval dances and joyous cantigas featuring super talented multi-instrumentalists, heavenly-voiced singers and the poetry of the Players’ own cheeky bard.
The Renaissance Players began giving concerts of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music in September 1966, in the Great Hall of Sydney University, directed by their founder Winsome Evans. This group, Australia’s longest running, professional early music ensemble, has performed all over Australia and south-East Asia.
The first Runnymede Pop Festival was celebrated in 1973 in the Great Hall, and since then has become a unique and established, regular festival of mediaeval music and poetry. These festivals have reinforced the Renaissance Players’ long standing association with Sydney University and its Great Hall.
|Festival Dates||June 7 - 8, 2011|
- The 34th Runnymede Pop Festival will again be performed in the neo-gothic splendour of the University’s Great Hall decorated with colourful banners and wall hangings. It will feature a widely varied range of mediaeval songs, brightly popular dances and processional music interspersed with poetry. This concert — the latest in an annual series channelling the legendary festivals of mediaval England (the ‘pop-concerts’ of their day) sees the return of some of the Players’ favourite artists.
- Brightly costumed performers include
- Geoff Sirmai (reader)
- Jenny Duck-Chong and Nicole Thomson (singers)
- Six multi instrumentalists – Winsome Evans, James Wannan, Jehan Kanga, Llew Kiek, Andrew Lambkin and Gina Tedeschi, playing a wide range of instruments including harp, psaltery, mandora, gittern, ud, chitarra moresca, diwan saz, sinfonye, rebecs, vielles, duct flute, shawms, douçaine, whistles, gemshorn, portative organ, tapan, dairehs, darabukka, hand bells, tambourines, finger cymbals and so on.
- Great Hall of Sydney University
- 7:00pm performance each day
- Price $35, in advance
- Buy at MCA Ticketing at 1300 306 776
- Each night at the door tickets may be purchased