aranella Early Music Consort
12th to 18th Centuries : Medieval, Renaissance, Early Baroque
Maranella is an Early Music Group playing mainly secular medieval, renaissance and baroque music from the 12th to the 18th Centuries on period instruments.
We dress in authentic period costume and play a variety of early music instruments including recorders, lute, harp and bagpipes. Our singing includes a capella (unaccompanied) part songs, catches and rounds as well as songs accompanied by lute, harp and other instruments.
Maranella at Tatton Medieval Fayre, June 2014
Based near Chester, Cheshire
Maranella existed for many years as a recorder consort (usually one to a part) which, over time, expanded to include other period instruments and voices.
We play mostly secular early music, songs and dance tunes, from the 12th century up to and including the baroque period.
Burwardsley Church December 2012
Our most usual
line-up is six musicians - including recorders, bagpipes, lute, harp
but we can field from two to six musicians depending on the event and your budget
Voice, lute, hammered dulcimer, Swedish bagpipes, border and dudey pipes, recorders
Marilyn is a retired music teacher who has played and sung in many bands and choirs over the years
An early music enthusiast all her life,
Marilyn has recently taken up playing bagpipes and her first set of
pipes were medieval Swedish sackpipa made by Alban Faust. She also
has dudey pipes and shepherd pipes by Sean Jones
Marilyn is also the founder and band leader of ceilidh band Black Cat
Voice, recorders, border and shepherd pipes, dudey pipes
Elizabeth is a very fine recorder player
plays all sizes of recorder from her tiny ebony sopranino to the huge
Her favourite is the tenor and she has two very beautiful tenor recorders: a Mollenhauer Kynseker in plumwood and a Moeck Rottenburgh in palisander (rosewood)
Elizabeth plays shepherd pipes in G, English
border pipes in D and the small Dudey (bumblebee) pipes in D made by
Voice, percussion, rebec
Peter has a very fine bass-baritone singing voice
He likes singing songs from Tudor times particularly those from the time of Henry VIII and is rapidly building up a huge repertoire of medieval and renaissance songs.
In Maranella, Peter sings both solos and the bass line in our part songs
Elizabeth is a superb recorder player whose sight reading skills are awesome; whenever we're not sure of a tricky bit of rhythm or a point of interpretation we say 'ask Elizabeth' :-)
She has played in many recorder consorts over the years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of playing early music - an absolute treasure and a real asset to the group!
Violin, viola di pomposa, mandolin, harp, voice, shawm, percussion
Lucille is our chief bowed strings player; her lovely Baroque violin with gut strings has just the right sound especially for some of our later pieces
She has recently bought a viola di pomposa (don't know what that is? - niether did I until Lucille bought it) and we are very much looking forward to including that in our arrangements
Lucille also sings, plays the mandolin and harp and is learning to play the shawm and the recorder
Her sense of rhythm is superb - if we need
someone to keep a steady beat and keep the percussion section on their
toes - Lucille is it!
Storyteller, harp, recorders, voice, hurdy
gurdy, pipe and tabor
Tom is a professional story teller whose enormous talents we are very lucky to have available to us in Maranella
As well as story telling (as if that isn't
enough!) Tom plays harp, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, pipe and tabor, is
learning to play the lute and he sings too :)
Quote from Tom's website www.tomgoodale.com
"I have had a lifelong interest in stories ever since reading the tales of the Trojan war when I was very young. As a child I lived all over Britain and have a particular interest in tales from these islands along with myths and legends from the Greeks, Romans and the Vikings. During a varied career in which I have gazed deeply into the mysteries of the universe and cyberspace I have travelled all over the world and have an eclectic collection of stories from the places I've visited"
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