Medieval Coventry Events

Medieval Coventry would like to inform you about three events happening on 20th to 22ndApril 2022, organised by the Medieval Coventry charity and the University of Warwick Society for European Festivals Research. All events will take place at Drapers’ Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry. Bookings are now open.

‘CELEBRATIONS, COMMUNITIES AND PERFORMANCES: festival occasions in Coventry from the 15thto the 17thcenturies and their legacy’.

Expert talks on 20th, 21stand 22ndApril with the latest research into Coventry’s unique contribution including: medieval processions and performances, the Trinity and Drapers guilds, the royal city, musical instruments used in Coventry, ceremonial swords, the urban soundscape, Coventry during the Reformation, links between Shakespeare and Coventry and the European context.

Event timings:

Wednesday 20th: 1 pm registration. Talks, 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Thursday 21st: Talks, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Friday: Talks, 9.30 am to 1 pm

Also included: Photographic exhibition, booked tours of St Mary’s Hall and book sale. Light refreshments at breaks. Lunch not provided.

Booking: Conference (all 3 days): £20 (£15 concessions) via the following link:

www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/festivals/conferences

‘ EARLY MUSIC IN COVENTRY’, Binchois Consort, 8 pm, 20thApril

The award-winning Binchois Consort will perform early music linked to Coventry. Conductor Andrew Kirkman will be speaking at the ‘Celebrations’ conference during the day and will introduce each piece at the performance. Included will be two movements of the Missa Caput, of which a manuscript fragment remarkably survives in Coventry. This great work may have been performed for Henry VI when he attended Mass at St Michael’s Church in 1451. Also included will be the hymn Alma Redemptis Mater, mentioned in Chaucer’s ‘Prioress’s Tale’, which recent research has linked to the St Mary’s Hall tapestry.

Founded by its conductor Andrew Kirkman in 1995, the Binchois Consort has performed widely in Europe and the USA and has recorded 12 discs on Hyperion Records to stunning critical acclaim. Its recordings have won numerous music industry awards, including ‘Recording of the Month’ and ‘Early Music Disc of the Year’ in Gramophone magazine and ‘five stars’ in BBC Music Magazine. The group’s recording ‘Music for Henry V’ was a ‘Critics Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine. www.binchoisconsort.com

Booking:  Performance: £12.50 (£8 concessions) via the following link:

www.historiccoventrytrust.org.uk

MANKIND, HUMANKIND, a medieval morality play, 8 pm, 21stApril

Set in a contemporary context, this performance is arranged by Eleanor Chadwick, who will also be speaking at the ‘Celebrations’ conference during the day.

The performance is free of charge to conference attendees and others. For details, please contact mwebblondon@gmail.com

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