Edinburgh Renaissance Band

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Edinburgh Renaissance Band Performances

The Renaissance Band with dancers in period costume at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
St Mark's Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Thursday 18th August, 20:30 - 21:30
Friday 19th August, 14:30 - 15:30 and 20:30 - 21:30
Saturday 20th August, 14:30 - 15:30

The 2016 Festival show is Edinburgh Renaissance Band at St Mark's, once again at St Mark's Church, Castle Terrace.

The music, song and dance of the Medieval and Renaissance worlds is brought to life by the city's famous early music group. A dozen musicians play a huge range of period instruments including shawms, cornetts, sackbuts, nakers, crumhorns, viols, fiddles, recorders, bells, bagpipes, rackets and a serpent. The historically-costumed trio Polyhymnia perform lively Renaissance dances including a choreographed sword-fight. The show is introduced by Murray Campbell, whose entertaining presentation provides a show that is a truly joyous experience, suitable for all ages, newcomers and regulars alike. Length of Show: one hour with no interval.

Tickets from Peter Jones (address below), or at the door :: Adults 10 pounds; Concessions 8 pounds; Children at school or younger Free (up to four children per adult or concession; school parties by arrangement).

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  Thursday 18th August, 20:30
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  Friday 19th August, 14:30
Festival concert tickets
Friday 19th August, 20:30
Festival concert tickets
Saturday 20th August, 14:30
Festival concert tickets
Tickets purchased online well in advance of the concert will be posted to the address given via PayPal - please pay the cost of postage as a donation. Tickets purchased online nearer the date of the concert will be reserved for collection at the venue ticket desk. You will be informed by e-mail whether the tickets have been posted or kept for collection at the venue.

A Dance of Love and War from 16th Century Italy: a dance workshop
Carlops Village Hall EH26 9NH
Sunday 21st August, 10:30 - 17:00

Dances and music based on battles and the arts of war were very popular in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The workshop will look at a Battle dance from a 16th Century Tuscan source. It appears to have been intended as a performance piece for 6 or more dancers but is accessible to dancers with no previous historical dance experience - although those with a background in early dance can use their knowledge to extend the basic choreography. The original choreographer chose steps to mimic swordsmen, pikemen and dressage horses at different parts of the dance. The music follows a similar pattern to other "battle" pieces. Those with a particular interest will be able to explore how dance steps and movements changed from the 15th to the 16th century and how they laid the foundations for the later Baroque style (and eventually the classical ballet). The workshop will conclude with a full re-enactment with live music using instruments of the period. Wear something comfortable or period dress if you have appropriate costumes.

The workshop is led by Robin Benie - former chair and honorary life member of the historical dance umbrella group the "Early Dance Circle". He has worked regularly with the Edinburgh Renaissance Band, directs the dance groups Passamezzo and Polyhymnia, and is guest teacher for a number of historical dance groups across the UK.

Tickets: 15 per person (to include tea, coffee and lunch) available from the Band 0131 622 0428 or erbdanceworkshop@gmail.com

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For further information please contact the Secretary, Peter Jones, at

23 Queen's Crescent, Edinburgh EH9 2BB

or e-mail pjones@blueyonder.co.uk