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Testimonials

If you are considering booking us you might like to hear what other people thought about our appearance at their event . . .

 
"Thanks for making our wedding so special and remarkable, many people have commented to us how much they enjoyed your contribution . . . it certainly added a lot to our day." Chris Chapel, Wedding at Innkeepers Hall, City Of London. Wedding
"Thank you so much for your wonderful music. Your beautiful melodies certainly added much to the atmosphere of relaxed enjoyment." Fran Andel, Lakeside Birthday Party, Bedfordshire.
"Thank you for your superb performance at my wedding - everyone really enjoyed it." Nancy Connor, Wedding at Silchester House, Berkshire
"A vibrant and polished performance of medieval music with an astonishing array of early instruments - both informative and very entertaining." Felicity Devonshire, St Lawrence's Centre, Christmas concert. Concert
"Your music was splendid !" Dr David Starkey, Elizabeth I Exhibition, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
."Your music was just right for the occasion." Former Labour Minister, Tony Benn, BBC Publications Party, The Reform Club, London. BBC History Magazine
"The entertainment provided for the people of Norwich was of a high standard and we have received lots of positive feedback from the public and stallholders." Vicki Blake, Events Coordinator, Norwich City Council, Festive Market.
"I was really impressed with you all." Chris Ehrenzeller, Party, St Peters Brewery, Suffolk. Medieval Market
"Thank you so much for your hard work, for the medieval mayhem event . . . a huge success . . . we have had so many comments about the standard of entertainment and friendliness . . . I would have no hesitation in working with you again." Mandy Hatton, Corporate Event for Abbey Life, Hurst Castle, Hampshire.
"I very much enjoyed meeting you and your colleagues, and would not hesitate to contact you again for a similar event." Karen Cameron, Cromwell Weekend, Huntingdon Town Council.
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"Thanks for your beautiful music." Dr Veronica Sekules, Author and Academic, Book Launch, Castle Acre, Norfolk.
"Your CD is a wonderful addition to my early music collection, its so good I played it twice through at once." Alison Weir, Author Henry VIII and Life of Elizabeth I.
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"I wanted to thank the minstrels for doing such a great job at our Shakespeare Party." Jane Wilson, 21st Birthday Party, Petersfield.
"A perfect mixture of music and comedy." J Woodward, Christmas Dinner Impact Office Supplies.
Concert Review - Canterbury Festival, Friday 27th February 2009.

A small but appreciative audience enjoyed a performance of Renaissance Music on original instruments given by Norwich group Minstrels Gallery in the appropriate surroundings of the Dominican Priory (by kind permission of Don & Poppy Beerling).
The context was established by their first playing a number of pieces illustrating medieval music, said to be more God-centred, before proceeding to a wide range of music from the Renaissance which reflected the growth of humanism. Several of these pieces were dance music, said to be typical in this respect - illustrating human contact and the possibility of display.
About half of the pieces in the programme were British, including a couple thought to be by Henry VIII, but many came from Europe or further afield such as the Canary Islands.
The four performers had brought a wide range of instruments with distinctive sounds, many of which no longer exist except as replicas - crumhorns, shawms, sackbuts, citterns and others - and it was interesting to see how some were obvious predecessors of modern instruments such as the bassoon. The players talked about and explained their instruments during the performance itself, and more informally during the interval.
The Group apologized for collective croaky voices following a concert on the previous day - but this in no way detracted from the enjoyment of an unusual and stimulating evening.

Alan Boniface