Concert to tell story of King Richard III’s life through medieval music

Posted by hct16 at Dec 14, 2012 11:25 AM |
University of Leicester to hold concert of Early Music which will follow the King’s life

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office 14 December 2012

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The University of Leicester will hold a concert of medieval music which will tell the story of King Richard III’s life.

Members of the archaeological team behind the search for King Richard III are organising a concert featuring music from the times and places the King would have known.

The concert will be held on Friday 11 January at the Fraser Noble Hall in Leicester and will feature a trio of leading Early Music performers.

It coincides with the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, hosted by the University’s Centre for Historical Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

This is the major, global learned society for historical archaeology, and this will be only the second time that it has convened these meetings outside the USA.

The ensemble, named TritonE, is a newly-formed recorder trio led by Janet Forbes, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory, The Hague.

She will be joined by Mary-Jannet Lieth and Elspeth Robertson, who are both currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London.

Janet has been researching Richard’s life and travels, which will help inform her choices of pieces to perform at the concert.

The programme will explore the kind of music he would have grown up with in England as well as during his time abroad. There will be singing and dance music, as well as more serious pieces.

The group plan to include works from the Glogauer Liedbuch, a 15th century German manuscript collection of songs, as well as Franco-Flemish repertoire from the Low Countries, to reflect Richard’s travels in Europe.

Janet Forbes said: “When I first heard about the discovery it was really exciting. The music will provide an amazing context to the life of someone like Richard III. We are trying to pick music from places he visited and pieces written about things he was doing.”

Professor Lin Foxhall said: “This concert offers another perspective on the life and times of Richard III, presenting the sound world in which he lived, and the different kinds of music he would have heard and known.”

The University of Leicester, in association with Leicester City Council and the Richard III Society, is leading the Search for Richard III.

The University has made it clear that it is not saying it has found King Richard III – rather that the skeleton has characteristics that warrant extensive further detailed examination and that the search has moved from an archaeological to a laboratory phase.

The University has added that the outcomes of its investigations are expected early next year.

The Search for Richard III is also the subject of a Channel 4 documentary being made by Darlow Smithson.

The concert will take place on Friday 11 January from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm and will be held at the Fraser Noble Hall, Leicester. Tickets are £5 for the general public and £3 for Society for Historical Archaeology delegates, and can be booked through the University’s Shop@le site here:

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society

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Professor Lin Foxhall can be contacted on 0116 252 2773 .

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