Cittern construction resumed!

I am delighted to announce the follow-up to David Norman’s post last week about cittern construction. It turns out the instrument was much more complete than David was letting on, and it is currently receiving several layers of French polish. This is being done by John, who cast a loving eye over it at our…

“Cittern construction in the Forest of Dean” – or how Fiona got saddled with my half-finished renaissance banjo – a confession by David Norman.

Back in the last century, then a Buckinghamshire schoolboy, I was introduced to madrigal singing and recorder playing by a music teacher whose knowledge, unusually then, stretched back further than Haydn. At the same time, in a different part of the county, a young Morag Cameron was in several choirs singing works by Bach and…

Building a hurdy gurdy: Part Two (Fiona)

[Read part one first.] When I got back from a Minstrels of the Forest rehearsal (at John’s house) on May 19th, I decided to finish the hurdy by our next rehearsal, and in time for our next gig (The Laskett Garden’s, June 21st, 2014). The base and lid pieces are sufficiently flattened for me to…

Building a hurdy gurdy: Part One (Fiona)

I’ve always loved building things from kits….. In the past few years I’ve made a clockwork clock out of paper and a stirling engine and orrery out of cardboard. I find things that turn and little cogs and clever mechanisms very exciting. So it was with great pleasure that I started out on my latest…

A little feedback and advice…

A little feedback and advice can go a long way. Over the last few years as Minstrels of the Forest, we have enjoyed many of John’s comments as he strives to capture in words his feelings about each performance. Concerning our playing at Wilton Castle (June 2012): “Well, that was mildly diverting…” After our concert…