Edinburgh Renaissance Band

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Edinburgh Renaissance Band Performances

The Renaissance Band with dancers in period costume at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015
St Mark's Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Wednesday 19th August, 20:30 - 21:30
Thursday 20th August, 16:30 - 17:30
Thursday 20th August, 20:30 - 21:30

The 2015 Festival show is Edinburgh Renaissance Band at St Mark's

For 2015 the Band moves to a new venue, in St Mark's Church, Castle Terrace - with a varied programme of music and dance from the middle ages and Renaissance. The thirteen musicians are joined by the historical dance group Polyhymnia. We play a large range of period instruments including shawms, cornetts, sackbuts, nakers, crumhorns, viols, fiddles, recorders, bells, bagpipes, racketts and serpent. The programme is introduced by Musical Director Murray Campbell, whose lively 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.

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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).
  Wednesday 19th August, 20:30
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  Thursday 20th August, 16:30
Festival concert tickets
Thursday 20th August, 20:30
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.

Mr Shakespeare Dances: A dance workshop on early dance
Carlops Village Hall EH26 9NH
Sunday 23rd August, 10:30 - 17:00

Dance first became a public performance art in the 16th Century and Shakespeare's audience would have been familiar with the dance meanings of "cutting a fine caper" and "Measure for Measure". If you listen, to or play, the music of the period you will know of Galliards and Pavanes which were of course actually dance music. Have you ever wondered how a Galliard is performed or even a Pavane or a Brawl?

These dances provide clues to the origins of classical ballet and you discover movements in the dance manuals of the late 16th century that evolve into steps such as the arabesque and entrechat.

The workshop is suitable for everyone, and provides an opportunity to participate in some early dances. It will be of interest to actors, directors, dancers, teachers, professionals and non-professionals, dancers and non-dancers, in fact anyone who would like to try something a little bit different and learn more about the period.

At the end of the afternoon there will be a short informal performance of pieces learnt in the workshop, together with some demonstration dances by members of Polyhymnia.

The workshop is led by Robin Benie - former chair and hon. life member of the historical dance umbrella group the "Early Dance Circle". He has works 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.

See the Flyer

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

Wear something comfortable or period dress if you have appropriate costumes

NB: Carlops Village Hall is on A702 about twelve miles south of Edinburgh, and is next to Carlops Church - for location see Google Maps.


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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