Owre Kynge Went Forth - Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt - told in words and music

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about

This programme features music which was nearly all composed (or at least written down) in the lifetime of Henry V of England (1387-1422). It divides into broad sections depicting various important stages in his life from his wild youth to his marriage to Catherine de Valois and the treaty following the battle of Agincourt. The texts are taken from three sources: Holinshed’s Chronicles, Shakespeare’s 'Henry V' and 'The Archer’s Story' by Esmond Knight, who played Fluellen in Laurence Olivier’s film of play. The spoken texts narrate the story of the battle, its build-up and aftermath from different points of view. The music chosen for each section either has a textual connection or illustrates the character of the particular scene through its compositional characteristics. Not to seem partisan, we feature music from both sides of the channel, since there were, in fact many close connections between the musical styles of the English, French and Burgundian courts. The music is all played instrumentally, keeping the narrative within the spoken text. You will hear from the Historical Chronicler, the King, the Storyteller (Shakespeare’s Chorus character) and a humble Archer, swept up by intoxicating political rhetoric to fight in France with Henry’s army.

This programme is designed to be listened to as one narrative and we do hope you will download and enjoy the whole album. This recording was generously funded by the Agincourt600 Committee with the express purpose of being made freely available to all.

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released November 20, 2016

Emily Baines - Shawms, Recorders, Bagpipes
Lizzie Gutteridge - Shawms, Recorders, Bagpipes, Fiddles
Belinda Paul - Shawms, Recorders, Bagpipes

Daniel Serafini - Buisine, Slide Tumpet
Arngeir Hauksson - Gitterns
Louise Duggan - Percussion

Anthony Taylor - Actor

Recording Engineer/Producer - Adrian Hunter

Programme Concept/Text Selection/Additional Production - Emily Baines

Arrangements - Lizzie Gutteridge (tracks 17, 31, 41)

Musical Transcriptions - Belinda Paul, (track 37 - Emily Baines)

Recorded in St. Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland - 2016

Cover Art - Brass rubbing of the grave of Sir William Tendring, in St. Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland. Reproduced by kind permission of the parish council.
Sir William is reputed to have fought alongside Henry V at Agincourt, although his death date is somewhat uncertain. He and his wife Katherine were, however, the great-great grandparents of two English queens, Ann Boleyn and Katherine Howard.

This recording was funded by the Agincourt600 Committee with generous support from the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

The text for 'The Archer's Story' by Esmond Knight, and permission to perform these extracts has been kindly provided by Rosalind Knight, daughter of the author.

© Blondel 2016 All Rights Reserved
Permission must be sought for any copying, distribution, broadcast or public performance of this material. All uses must be fully attributed to Blondel and/or Anthony Taylor.
Unauthorised hire or sale is prohibited

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Blondel performs medieval and renaissance music on shawms, bagpipes, curtals and recorders.

Blondel’s past performances include concerts in the Cambridge Early Music series, Cheltenham Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Leeds International Medieval Congress and Wimbledon International Music Festival.
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