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‘The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments has forged a reputation for being one of our finest exponents of early music. They enchant and amaze in equal measure.' The Musician
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The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments was founded in 2010 to explore a repertoire that ranges from folk songs and earthy dances to high art music from the 18th century and before, as well as newly composed pieces. The members of The Society are all leaders in the fields of historical performance and traditional music with years of performing and recording experience. They play on a plethora of unusual and extraordinary instruments. Since its inception, the group has performed many concerts, released a CD and given several radio broadcasts including a live concert performance of their programme, ‘The Ministry of Angels’, broadcast on 'The Early Music Show' on BBC Radio 3.
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NINE DAIES WONDER - A NEW PROGRAMME FOR 2014/15

We think of the publicity stunt as peculiar to our age but the antics of Will Kemp, a shameless self-publicist and one of the leading actors in Shakespeare’s company, prove otherwise. In 1600 he danced his way from London to Norwich in nine days, entertaining an adoring public en route. The Society of Strange and Ancient instruments, with dancer, Steven Player, celebrate Will Kemp’s account of the journey, ‘Nine Daies Wonder’, with raucous dance tunes and more refined music of the Elizabethan age. They will breathe new life into this celebrated event, which remains awe-inspiring 400 years on, and still has the power to delight, baffle and amuse.

More information here

Ivan Hewitt from The Telegraph spent a day with us in Aldeburgh during the development phase of Nine Daies Wonder. Read his feature article here.

A slide show of rehearsal photographs taken by Patrick Baldwin can be viewed
here.

Click
here for a short film about the project.
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THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS CD

‘Taking the familiar and making it fresh’
Early Music News review (5 stars)

'Heard Three Graces on Shaun Rafferty, R3. Wow! Fantastic material, incredible singing and instrumentation - more please.'

BUY THE CD HERE

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